Gas shortage looms … as distributors shut down outlets

Mr Boakye Agyarko,Minister of Energy

Mr Boakye Agyarko,Minister of Energy

There is an imminent scarcity of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the country as retailers and transporters of the product yesterday halted their operations.

The decision is to pave the way for maintenance of various retail outlets nationwide to forestall the closure of the facilities by the National Petroleum Authority.

The closure of retail outlets that do not meet required standards is one of the directives issued by government, following the recent Atomic Junction gas explosion.
The NPA last week started inspecting gas outlets and closed shut down 21 of them, warning that more will be closed down as the inspection would be intensified.

According to Public Relations Officer of the LPG Marketers Association, Bernard Kwame Owiredu, members of the association arrived at the decision to suspend their services at a meeting yesterday.

He said members resolved to set up a technical committee to check the integrity of the various outlets in what he described as internal scrutiny before NPA took action.

He said once the team is done with the checks and satisfied with the integrity of the installation, that outlet will be given the green light to resume operations.

By Times Reporter

 

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