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Defective flow metres on FPSO could shortchange Ghana; Oil expert

The devices used to independently monitor how much crude oil is produced from the Jubilee Field are said to have become defective.

The Coordinator of the Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas announced this at an Editor’s workshop organized by Penplusbytes and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

Mohammed Amin Adam explained to Joy Business the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has cited the defective flow metres as one of the challenges it is facing in its mandate to ensure the country gets the revenue due it from crude oil.

He added that the Ghana Standards Board (GBS) has also cited its own challenges.

“Since the measuring instruments were installed on the FPSO, they (GBS) have not been able to examine the calibration to see whether they are up to standards. The only reasons they have given is logistical constraints,” he stated.

He said the difficulties being faced by such institutions clearly indicate that Ghana is not ready to wholly commence the sale of the crude oil.

He therefore called on the institutions to ensure that these metres function properly before the country is shortchanged.

The Ministry of Energy in a response said it is aware that the flow metres are not working and that the Minister has directed that the problems be solved as soon as possible.

Chief Director of the Ministry, Professor Thomas Akabzaa however told Joy Business the picture is not as bad as being painted.

He said the ministry held a meeting with the GRA, the GSB and the Jubilee partners to set out time lines within which the technical problems are expected to be solved.

He believes the metres will secure public confidence even though he believes there is no course for alarm.

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