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GOEnergy saves Ghana from downstream dictators

  • SOURCE: GNA | Ghana News Agency
  • Scores of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) on Thursday commended GOEnergy Company Limited (GOEnergy) subsidiary of Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL) for pitching against corporate dictators in the downstream petroleum, which has resulted in stability of fuel prices.

    The OMCs told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on the performance of the Oil Marketing Companies 62 years after independence that, that greatest thing to happen to the sector was the setting up of GOEnergy which disarmed the Bulk Distributor cartel which normally created artificial shortages in the retail of fuel products.

    Since September 2014, GOEnergy’s strategic measures and control of the Bulk Distribution sector had totally eliminated the usual artificial shortages of petroleum products in the country, a source who is a member of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies told the GNA on condition of anonymity.

    GNA observation of the trend in the downstream petroleum sector revealed that GOEnergy is now the main source of supplies of petroleum products to major OMC.

    Commenting on the progressive development of GOEnergy, Mr Gymafi Amanquah, Chief Operating Officer told the GNA that the company’s objective was to continue to maintain dominance and increase its market share in order to save Ghanaians from unnecessary and artificial fuel shortages which was the order of the day in the past.

    He said 62 years after independence, Ghanaians must take commanding control of major economic activities, “we are not sacking multinationals, but we must take hold-off these national assets which has security implications”.

    He explained that GOEnergy was born to offer solutions; recounting that in the beginning of the third quarter of 2013, the nation witnessed series of fuel supply shortages which persisted till the first quarter of 2014.

    Mr Amanquah explained that most Bulk Distribution Companies (BDCs) at the time resorted to selling on cash basis, “almost all the BDCs withdrew credit and demanded cash payment for products from OMCs including GOIL.

    “However, the BDCs who were willing to trade with GOIL on credit, could not guarantee uninterrupted supplies. This new model of cash transactions for products put a heavy toll on GOIL’s finances”.

    He said in order for GOIL business to survive and to ensure regular supply of fuel products to the public, there was the need to secure a continuous supply of petroleum products to feed GOIL’s numerous retail service outlets and meet existing contractual agreement with her consumer businesses.

    The Board of Directors and Management of GOIL took a pragmatic action by setting up GOEnergy Company Limited in February 2014 as BDC and a wholly-owned subsidiary of GOIL.

    “As we begin our fifth milestone, we acknowledge and accept that the huge responsibility repose in us by the Government, Board and Management of GOIL had not been easy, but progressively we have made tremendous impact and taking commanding control,” Mr Amenquah noted.

    The GOEnergy Chief Operating Officer commended the Staff, the National Petroleum Authority, Ministry of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana National Fire Service, and Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) other stakeholders for their valuable contribution towards the growth of GOEnergy.

    Contributing to the discussion, Mr Amentor Aziakor, GOEnergy Operations and Marketing Manager also told the GNA that the company’s business operations had grown substantially and currently it is the major supplier of Gasoline, Gasoil, Marine Gasoil and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to GOIL and other OMCs and BDCs in the country.

     

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