Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Alhassan Tampuli, has disclosed that the Petroleum Products Marking Scheme (PPMS) has achieved its aim of ensuring quality petroleum products to the market.
Petroleum products consumption statistics, he said, show that collaborative efforts by the NPA and other state agencies have reduced the menace of supply leakages such as export dumping in the country.
Speaking at the launch of Phase II of the PPMS last Thursday, he disclosed that the national consumption of petroleum products, which saw a 6% decline in 2016, increased by a percentage in 2017 and recorded a 16% increase in 2018 due to intensified measures put in place to curb the menace.
According to him, the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributing Companies 2018 report also indicated that the marker concentration failures rates of 4.9% recorded in 2017 also fell to 1.24% indicating lower levels of product dumping at the retail stations.
Mr. Tampuli averred that contaminated fuels do not only have a negative impact on the environment but cause costly damage to combustion systems.
Many mechanical breakdowns such as engine failure and fuel starvation, he said, can be attributed to poor quality of petroleum products.
He stressed that an effective quality management system in place will ensure the quality of petroleum products are monitored constantly by fuel quality tests and analysis to mitigate every potential effects of poor quality fuels.
This, he said, will assure customers of improved quality of fuel and value for money.
“The PPMS Unit provides a foundation for an effective quality monitoring system by introducing a marker in trace quantities into petroleum products at all operational depots in the country prior to distribution to the market.”
“The marker is a unique identifier, which aids in distinguishing the various types of petroleum products and exposes the addition of a foreign product if any,” he said.
“This is achieved by testing samples of petroleum products on a monthly basis at approximately 75% of retail outlets & bulk consumers across the country.”
“Tests are carried out with proprietary analytical devices which detect the presence or otherwise of the marker,” he added.
The expansion, Mr. Tampuli said, will effectively monitor the quality of petroleum products along the supply and distribution chain.
He averred that the Phase II of the PPMS is anchored on technological advancements in the markets as well as the detection of propriety equipment.
“The marker has been uniquely designed for the Ghanaian market with a chemical composition to aid in immediate equipment quantification and detection to enable the NPA to make swift decisions on whether retail outlets have dumped or adulterated the petroleum products being offered for sale at retail outlets across the country.”
“The LSX3000 equipment stores all data, in an encrypted form, and is tailored to restrict access,” he said.
He pointed out that the Phase II will improve sustained successful marking field monitoring petroleum products and reduce retail outlet failure rate, which is indicative of decrease in the malpractices in the distribution and sale of petroleum products.
According to him, it will also significantly reduce fuel tax revenue loss and subsidy abuse and improve quality products at the retail outlets for consumers.