The LPG Marketers Association is threatening to import liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and ditch the one produced from Atuabo Gas Plant.
This follows concerns raised by the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers in a letter to Ghana Gas Company expressing fears about the efficiency and quality parameters of LPG supplied to the market from Atuabo Gas Plant, the local gas processor.
But a statement signed by the Head of Corporate Communications of Ghana Gas, Ernest Kofi Owusu-Bempah Bonsu said the quality of LPG and the standards for quality determination of LPG are in alignment with both local and international standards.
The statement added, LPG produced from the Atuabo Gas Plant is a rich and sweet feedstock with negligible/trace amounts of undeniable compounds.
But in an interview with Adom News, Vice-Chairman of the LPG Marketers Association of Ghana, Gabriel Kumi said the LPG they are lifting from Atuabo is high in propane and subsequently destroying their equipment.
“Over the past years when Atuabo came on stream, we realised they have a high content of propane. This has caused a lot of damage to our equipment at our stations,” Mr. Kumi said.
The Vice-Chairman of the Association, Gabriel Kumi explained “this is quite dangerous for the safety of our consumers. If you investigate explosions that have happened in this country in the past few years, over 90 percent of them can be attributed to LPG lifted from Atuabo’.
The concerns were met with a response and a subsequent attempt at rationlising same from Ghana gas.
In the said press statement, contrary to the expectations of many Ghanaians for Ghana Gas to address the pertinent issues raised earlier about pricing and quality issues, Ghana gas only attempted to denigrate COPEC as having presented a misleading and a mischievous agenda.