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SOPCL declines purchase of suspected stolen fuel

SOPCLSaltpond Offshore Producing Company (SOPCL), a fully Ghanaian-owned oil producing company, has declined purchasing fuel suspected to have been siphoned from MT COTTON, a diesel fuel tanker, hijacked by pirates off Port Gentil, Gabon.

The Ghana Navy, in a joint operation with the National Security, intercepted and arrested the crew of MT MUSTARD, a diesel fuel supply tanker, suspected to have been used to siphon fuel from MT COTTON on or about July 14, 2013.

SOPCL was approached to purchase the 3,500 metric tons of diesel for its bunkering – running of generators on its facilities – but declined because the source of the fuel could not be established.

Mr Quincy Sintim Aboagye, Chief Executive Officer of SOPCL, when asked to comment on the arrest of MT MUSTARD as “it headed for an offshore facility in Saltpond” told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the weekend that SOPCL bought its fuel from a fuel supply company based in Tema.

MT MUSTARD entered Ghanaian waters and first docked at the Tema Port Anchorage following which, it headed for an offshore facility in Saltpond.

The vessel was intercepted by the Navy after collaborating with National Security.

The Bureau of National Investigations is currently conducting investigations.

Source: GNA

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