Cylinder Re-circulation Model
Cylinder

The implementation of the Cylinder Re-circulation Model (CRM) by the government will ensure public safety, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Alhassan Tampuli says.

Speaking at a sensitization workshop on the policy with journalists here late Tuesday, Tampuli observed there has been the need for the introduction of the policy owing to the dangers the existing policy exposes the people to.

The CRM, he emphasized is a well thought out policy which seeks to improve the current gas penetration of between 23-25 percent to 50 percent, improve safety as well as create jobs for the teeming youth in the gas value chain.

“We want to be able to deliver a model that suits our modern agenda, an arrangement that will be enduring to allay the fears of the challenges we have had in the past,” the NPA CEO said.

He further observed the NPA had done a lot of stakeholder engagement with all concerned and was getting ready to roll-out the policy.

Tampuli assured the policy will create thousands of jobs for the people as well as save the country from preventable gas explosions and called on all to support the government to ensure the safety of the people.

The country’s president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, directed for the implementation of the CRM of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in October 2017.

The directive followed frequent gas explosions at some LPG stations in some parts of the country which has led to the loss of lives with many left injured.

The call by the Ghanaian president for the implementation of the policy has since been greeted with agitations from the LPG Operators Association who say the implementation of the policy will cause them to lose their jobs.

Although officials of the country’s NPA have assured the LPG operators that their jobs will remain intact despite the implementation of the re-circulation policy, the operators still insist the policy should not be implemented.

The model, if implemented will involve siting LPG bottling plants away from congested commercial and populated centers across the West African country.

The LPG bottling plants will procure, brand, maintain and fill empty gas cylinders to be distributed to consumers and households through retail outlets.

Per the policy, there will be a one-year transition where the current practice, which involves consumers taking their empty gas cylinders to gas filling stations to be filled at a fee will run side by side leading to the phasing out of the old one by end of 2018.

Ghana’s neighbors; Togo, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire are running the CRM while Nigeria operates the two, also putting in measures to phase out the old one.

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