The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC) has called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, save the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) from breaking up.

According to the Executive Secretary of the Chamber, Duncan Amoah, the government must invest in the oil refinery to make it resourceful to avoid the problem TOR is presently facing.

In an interview with Ghana Web, he said, “We would want the authorities to pay serious attention to TOR instantly because the stories coming out of TOR, they leave a lot to be desired and we want to see some action going on in there. If some investments are also possible to be made in the abrupt circumstances to bring TOR to some efficient profitable ways, we should do and not allow this national asset collapse on our hands”.

Mr. Amoah exposed that the plant at TOR has been shut down because the government wants to use the place as a tank farm. In the interim, the factory has suffered losses instead of being profitable to the nation, hence, the need for the government to pay serious attention to it, he stated.

The swift downfall of the refinery has affected the salaries of workers as well as their workflow as workers now operate on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis.

“The fortunes of TOR keep deteriorating. As we speak, workers’ salaries are delayed, products that others have even indicated that they were bringing for refining so that TOR can get some tolling, they are refusing because the refinery has become highly inefficient,” he added.

The Tema Oil Refinery was shut down in 2018 due to the lack of crude oil which serves as raw material for the refinery.

SOURCE: | Eugenia Duodu


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