Below Standard BOST defends sale of ‘contaminated’ fuel to oil company

In a statement from BOST, they explained that they had to prevent the potential loss in revenue of about 7 million cedis.

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The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) has said that the selling of contaminated or off-spec product to the oil company, Movenpina was the most appropriate option available.

In a statement from BOST, they explained that they had to prevent the potential loss in revenue of about 7 million cedis.

“The first option is to have a corrective treatment of the off-spec product at TOR but this option was however not possible because TOR is not refining at the moment.”

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“The second option was to gradually inject a total of about seventy thousand (70,000) litres of the off-spec product into ten million litres (10,000,000) of normal product over a period which will take about ten (10) solid months for BOST to accomplish. The implication of this option is, however, the opportunity cost of losing the commercial value of over five million and seven hundred thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS 5,700,000). This arrangement would have deprived the BDCs of getting space to store their products. The capacity of the tank holding the off-spec product is twenty million litres (20,000,000 lts).”

“The third option involves the selling of the off-spec product at a competitive ex-depot price. Comparatively, the possible revenue loss here cannot outweigh the loss in Option 1 and 2.”

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The statement then indicated that: “clearly, OPTION 3 was the ideal from a business point of view.”

However, BOST clarified that they sold the product at 1 cedi per litre.

“BOST sold the off-spec product at One cedi, thirty pesewas (1.30p) per litre as against the normal ex-depot rate of One Cedi, seventy –five pesewas (1.75p) for normal products. Thus 26 percent discount off the normal product and this is the normal and acceptable practice in the industry.”

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“The assertion that the off-spec product should have been sold at two cedis, fifty pesewas (2.50p) is misleading because of ex-depot price and pump price is completely different. BOST only sells products at ex-depot rate.”

Following this incident, some have raised concerns over the industry regulator’s ability to control the potential harm to unsuspecting consumers.

However, BOST said that it is working closely with its allied agencies such as NPA to foil any such moves.

“BOST’s responsibility is to sell off-spec products to a qualified company and it is important to note that, off-spec products are used by the steel, garment, petrochemical companies to run their machinery and certainly not for the running of vehicle engines. It can also be used as mixture of asphalt and turpentine to prevent decay of wood, etc and therefore cannot fathom how possible off-spec products could be sold to unsuspecting consumers for whatever reason.” “That notwithstanding, it is a fact that, NPA is fully in control as usual and will not allow this to happen.”

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