We’ll fight TOR Tank Farm Idea – Minority
The Minority in Parliament has vowed to reject any action by government to convert the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) into a tank farm.
In an interview conducted by Ghanajustice.com, Minority spokesperson on Energy, Adam Mutawakilu stated that they will fight any attempt to convert TOR into a tank farm by the NPP administration.
In his statement, he again indicated that “You can’t convert our strategic asset to a tank farm. It is a strategic asset; it is not that when proper investment is done it will not work. So I don’t see why under NPP, TOR cannot work and cannot process Ghana’s oil. But the CEO has indicated that production will start soon. So, we don’t think that it is up to the stage to turn it into a tank farm”.
Enraged by the government’s move, the Minority spokesperson on Energy said the Energy Minister will be summoned to Parliament to expatiate on his announcement.
The Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko recently disclosed that government in partnership with the private sector will build a new oil refinery at the cost of $4billion in the Western Region, paving the way for the conversion of TOR to a tank farm.
The CEO of TOR, Isaac Osei and the Energy Minister have been at each other’s throat since the announcement by the latter. Mr. Osei and his Board Chairman, in a united voice, kicked against the decision, wondering why the refinery will be scrapped at a time when it has installed a catalytic cracker with the hope to commence full operations.
Reacting to the CEO of TOR’s opposition to the ‘tank farm’ idea on the sidelines of the Licensing Bids Evaluation and Negotiation Committee, Agyarko said Mr. Osei has no locus to question the move.