NPA boss – Hassan Tampuli

The National Petroleum Authority(NPA) has said it
will soon begin piloting the cylinder recirculation model (CRM) in Obuasi and
Kwaebibirem in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions 

The choice of these two towns, they said, were as a
result of good control and traceability of cylinders, active refilling outlets
with consistent LPG sales over the last six months and multiplicity of LPG
Marketing Companies (LPGMCs).

The Chief Executive Officer of NPA, Hassan Tampuli
disclosed this at CRM stakeholder engagement held in the Ashanti region on

The event was part of the NPAs nationwide exercise
to engage members of the public on  the
policy, their contributions or feedback and how, together, the policy can be
rollout that addresses the needs of the consumer. In attendance were Ashanti
queen mothers, police wives association, army wives association, fire service
wives association, caterers association, LPG marketers and dealers among

Mr Tampuli said funding had been secured by Ghana
Cylinder Manufacturing Company to produce the 37,000 cylinders needed for the
pilot exercise.

“Cylinders produced now will be based on the
accepted Ghana Standard Authority’s standard for imports or domestic
production” he stated.

Touching on risk assessment of LPG facilities , the
NPA Chief Executive said it would stretch the exercise to cover about sixty-six
senior high schools across the country.

The move, Mr Tampuli explained, formed part of the
ongoing process of implementing the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM) policy
which is aimed at providing direction for marketing and distribution of LPG in
a safe and efficient manner, as well as facilitate an increase in access to LPG

“Among the things earmarked for implementation of
the CRM include risk assessment of LPG facilities in 66 second-cycle schools in
the country, compliance monitoring of all assessed LPG refilling outlets,
second-cycle school facilities and selected facilities (TOR, TFC, GNGC, Quantum
terminal and Tema Oil Jetty) in the value chain,” he added.

Speaking at the event, Simon Osei Mensah, Ashanti
Regional Minister urged the public to support the cylinder recirculation

He mentioned that many fire outbreaks could have
been avoided if regular checks was done by refilling agents at gas stations.

The Minister therefore encouraged NPA to intensify
the implementation process of the CRM to enable all homes in Kumasi to have
leak free cylinders.

Chairing the occasion, Nana Adu Mensah, Chief of
Amakom who representer the Asantehene commended 
NPA for the project.

He said quality cylinders have the potential to reduce the incidences of fire.

Source: Samuel Dowuona

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