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NPA cautions motorists against filling fuel tanks to brim using ramps

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The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has issued a warning to fuel retail outlets and motorists regarding the use of ramps to fill fuel tanks to the brim. The Authority cautioned that tilting vehicles on ramps to fill them to capacity could lead to the damage of fuel tanks, explosion, and the destruction of vehicles and lives.

This warning was given by David Owusu-Kena, the Eastern Regional Manager, during an NPA media engagement in Koforidua. The media engagement was organised by the Communications Department to highlight the Authority’s activities in the petroleum downstream industry and to respond to industry-related questions from the media.

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Mr. Owusu-Kena explained that fuel tanks were not meant to be filled to capacity since fuel requires space for expansion. When tanks are overfilled, fuel spills over onto the vehicle and the forecourt of fuel stations, creating a risk of fire. Moreover, the expanded fuel could damage the fuel gauge and leak through old tanks into the exhaust pipe, causing fire and putting lives in danger.

In addition to the warning about filling fuel tanks to the brim, Mr. Owusu-Kena discussed the requirements for siting a filling station. He noted that prospective applicants needed permits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service (GNFRS), and the assembly before the NPA grants a permit for the construction of a fuel station. The NPA ensures that the applicant has secured all necessary approvals from the EPA, GNFRS, and the assembly to guarantee the safety of residents and the protection of the environment.

During the media engagement, Dominic Aboagye, the Head of Planning of NPA, highlighted measures the authority had put in place to ensure uninterrupted fuel availability and supply in the country. These interventions include the management of storage depots, the laycan allocation programme, and stock monitoring and reporting. The Gold for Oil programme, the Bank of Ghana forex support to Bulk Oil Distribution Companies, and the granting of Special International Oil Trading License were also identified as key interventions to prevent any risk of fuel supply disruption.

For the most part, the media engagement focused on the requirements for siting filling stations and the security of supply of petroleum products. Kwami Sefa Kayi, a member of the Governing Board of NPA and Chairman of the Consumer Services sub-committee, praised the NPA for the sensitization drive and encouraged the media to be more proactive by asking the NPA industry-related questions for clarifications.

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