Contaminated Fuel: 2m litres 'dirty fuel' sold to another unlicensed company

In a letter signed by the Managing Director of BOST, it requested Movenpiina to release 2,000, 000 litres to Macwest.

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The company at the centre of the sale and purchase of contaminated fuel saga has sold two million litres of the contaminated product to another unlicensed firm known as Macwest.

This was known after Accra-based Starr FM intercepted a letter which showed that the transaction took place two weeks before Movenpiina sold its consignment to Zupoil.

The letter was signed by the Managing Director of BOST requesting Movenpiina to release 2,000, 000 litres to Macwest.

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“This is a request for your outfit to release two million (2,000, 000) litres of contaminated products purchased from your company at APD to Macwest, a customer of our company.”

This revelation comes after the minority in Parliament and some policy think tanks called for the interdiction of the MD or for him to step aside for investigations to be carried out.

Preliminary investigations conducted by the National Petroleum Authority indicated that the fuel has not been released onto the market.

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Meanwhile, the firms involved in the saga are not licensed. The NPA said they will take legal action against the unlicensed firms.

In a related development, the Energy Ministry has created an eight-member committee to probe the sale of the off-spec products.

Below are the initial findings of the NPA

1. BOST had at their premises, 5 million litres of an off-spec product. This is alleged to have resulted from BOST accidentally discharging gasoline into a diesel storage tank wich already contained some diesel sometime in January 2017.

2. The tank containing the off-spec product was subsequently isolated from normal marketing and sales operations whilst investigations into the incident was initiated by BOST.

3. Based on the recommended disposal options by a Committee that investigated the incident, BOST opted to sell off the off-spec product to a company known as Movenpinna Energy.

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4. Subsequently, BOST notified the Ghana Revenue Authority of their intention to dispense of the 5 million litres of the off-spec product from its storage. The process of evacuation commenced on 20 June, 2017. So far, the quantity of the off-spec product evacuated from the depot is 471,00 litres as indicated below:

     1. On 20th June, 2017: 240,000 litres was evacuated

     2. On 21st June, 2017, 231,000 litres was evacuated (the stated quantities were loaded into ten Bulk Road Vehicles)

5. On 23 June, 2017, additional 380,00 litres of the off-spec product was loaded into eight BRVs at the depot. However, the dispatch of these BRVs from the depot was halted on the instructions of the NPA when information about the evacuation got to the NPA. This is because BOST failed to notify the NPA and acquire prior authorization before commencing the evacuation of the off-spec product. Officials of the NPA visited the BOST depot on 27 June, 2017 and confirmed that the 8 BRVs were still stationed at the depot with their contents intact. Samples were taken from all 8 BRVs as well as the isolated BOST storage tank for analysis.

6. The NPA was able to discover the location where 6 of the BRVs discharged the off-spec product the carried from the BOST depot. This was made possible by the NPA’s BRV tracking system.

7. Officials from the NPA visited the location (Zup Oil) at Gulf-City, Tema on 27 June, 2017. Documentation presented to the officials suggested that all ten BRVs were offloaded at the facility, however, this is subject to confirmation. In this regard the NPA is conducting further investigations to determine the actual quantity and quality of the products received at the facility of Zup Oil. Meanwhile, samples of the product from the tanks have been taken for analysis and the tanks sealed to prevent tampering.

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