Prince Awuley, Fuel Operations Manager at Zen, an Oil Marketing Company (OMC), has called for continuous review of fuel storage facilities in Ghana to ensure that they are abreast with international standards and best practices.
According to Prince Awuley, incidents such as the fire at the Goil station at Kwame Nkrumah Circle and the Gas explosion at the Atomic junction, indicate that fuel storage facilities in the country should be regularly reviewed.
Zen Petroleum Ltd, an indigenous wholly Ghanaian owned OMC recently sponsored some stakeholders in the petroleum sector to a 5-Day intensive workshop in the UK to study current trends in fuel risk assessment.
The trip which took some officials of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)and the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) had participants studying fuel station construction, audit and inspection of fuel storage facilities.
The course was organized by the Association of Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA), a UK body which is the leading authority on petroleum standards.
Mr Awuley, called for a broader stakeholder discussion on the review of the NPA guidelines for the establishment and operation of a petroleum retail outlet with emphasis on ensuring that the use of double skin tanks, leak detection systems and vapour recovery systems are made mandatory at the fuel retail outlet.
This, he said would go a long way to protect the environment and the public from pollution and explosion risk.
A delegate from COPEC, who also attended the workshop, urged downstream oil industry players to take a cue from what Zen Petroleum has done by helping to build capacity in the regulatory framework.
This to him, will ensure that fuel service stations are in line with international best practices for the benefit of the public and industry as a whole.