Prohibition on LPG outlet construction removed – The NPA Cabinet abolished the nationwide ban on LPG outlet construction.
This information may be found in a letter that the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) sent to the chairman of the LPG Marketers Association of Ghana on August 3, 2022.
“We are pleased to inform you that Cabinet at its 35th Sitting, held on August 3rd 2022, has granted a special dispensation to allow the completion of the construction of stranded LPG stations across the country, that were affected by the ban on the construction and operation of new LPG facilities in 2017,” reads a statement signed by Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Chief Executive of the NPA.
“All OMCs/LPGMCs who were affected by this direction to resubmit their applications to the Authority,” the NPA said.
This week, an industrial strike was called by the Ghana Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Marketers Association, Ghana LPG Operators Association, and Ghana Tanker Drivers Association.
The closing of some stations as a result of the Atomic Junction gas explosion five years ago was one of the points brought up by the striking groups among others. They are requesting that the ban be promptly lifted by the administration.
They claim that their members have been harmed by the government’s failure to reopen several gas stations that were shut down following the 2017 gas explosion, which is why the strike is necessary.
Customers of LPG have also been impacted by the strike because of the limited supply of fuel. As a result, some consumers are now using charcoal.