The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has commissioned a 950-capacity Bulk Road Vehicle (BVR) Parking Terminal and Resting room for tanker drivers in Kpone.
The Minister of Energy, Mr. John Peter Amewu, who commissioned the project, explained that the price consumers pay for petroleum products in the country had micro and macro-economic consequences, stressing that the government would fully support any initiative that would ensure efficiency in the distribution of petroleum products in the country.
In a speech read on his behalf, the minister said that government was committed to ensuring the supply of petroleum products to all parts of the country through cost effective and efficient distribution system.
“The relevance of the petroleum downstream in the economic development of the country cannot be over-emphasised; the sector is a significant source of jobs, income and taxes,” he said.
He, however, lamented that about 98 per cent of the country’s petroleum products used were moved by road transport and this involved high cost, acceleration of the wear and tear of existing road infrastructure from heavy vehicular movement and increased road accidents.
He stated that it was, therefore, important for the country to develop other modes of transportation like, rail, water and pipelines to be integrated into the distribution of petroleum to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
The Chief Executive Officer of the NPA, Mr. Hassan Tampuli, revealed that the construction of the BRV parking terminal for tanker drivers was a demonstration of government’s commitment to improving standards in the petroleum downstream industry.
He said the mode of distribution of petroleum products in the country comes with many challenges including haphazard parking of tankers along the roads of TOR, and other Petroleum Products Storage Depots in Tema because of the unavailability of spaces and resting rooms for drivers who have to hang about.
Mr. Tampuli noted that the parking of BVRs sometimes loaded with petroleum products along the roads posed serious health and safety risks to life and property.
He said that it was for this reason that the NPA wants the movement of BRVs scheduled to load products are properly regulated, hence the construction of the tanker yard to address any unforeseeable occurrences of accidents based by BRVs or drivers.
He said as partners in the industry, they will continue to engage the tanker drivers and owners union and seek to continuously improve the safety standards and practices in the industry in other to ensure their safety.
Story: From Na-illatu IDDRISU, KPONE, Greater ACCRA