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Poised to ensure that bad industry practices do not thrive at the expense of others who are playing by the rules, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) on Wednesday confiscated over 10,000 litres of diesel in the Western Region.
The operation led by the Takoradi Zonal Manager of NPA, Mrs Linda Boamah which was in collaboration with the Western Regional Police Command, targeted table top sellers of petrol and diesel in Takoradi metropolis, Shama and Ahanta West municipality in the Western Region.
The fuel vendors sell petrol and diesel in gallons by the streets and other established locations, where fuel is placed in drums and served with the use of huge funnels to fill up gallons and vehicles of clients that turn up.
The NPA believes these table top dealers are either selling products at unapproved prices. Also, samples of the product, which were tested by the NPA with the LSX machine, revealed that the fuel being sold was of poor quality and had the tendency to destroy the engines of vehicles that patronized the fuel.
Also, the NPA Act prohibits any person, other than one licensed under the Act, from being in possession of a petroleum product in quantities unreasonably in excess of that person immediate requirement.
The fear is that these illegal sales of petroleum products could lead to fire explosions as dealers of the highly inflammable fuel operate with no safety measure.
The NPA will continue to ensure that the downstream petroleum industry is sanitize in order to ensure standards are applied across board in all aspects of the industry.
Source: Benjamin Sekyere Owusu