The Minister of Energy, Hon Boakye Agyarko, is in the process of setting up an eight member investigative committee to delve into the release of 5 million litres of off-sec fuel from the Accra Plains Depot of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST); and the subsequent evacuation of a total of 471,000 litres of the said product to Zup Oil.
According to press released signed by the minister, the purpose for setting up the investigative committee is to ensure that the “Integrity of the quality of petroleum products supplied in the country is protected”.
The terms of reference of the ministerial committee include but will not be limited to the following: determine the circumstances that created the off-spec product; review the procedures undertaken by BOST to evacuate the product; ascertain the quality and remaining quantity of the product; determine if the product can be corrected, if not determine the alternative use for the product; and review the transaction.
The committee will be made up of representatives of: National Petroleum Authority (NPA); Tema oil Refinery (TOR); Ghana Standards Authority (GSA); Bureau of National Investigations; Chamber of Bulk oil Distributors; Association of Oil Marketing Companies; and the Energy Commission.
It will also have representative from the relevant Civil Society Organizations.
The committee is expected to advise the ministry on the necessary technical, administrative and legal actions to be taken.