Ghana’s Tema Oil Refinery which is a major crude oil refinery in the country has announced that it will be increasing its everyday production capacity from its reported initial capacity of 45,000 barrels of crude oil to a daily production capacity of 65,000 barrels. This announcement follows a recent expansion of processing units at the oil refinery which has been tested successfully to give assurance of the capacity of the Crude Distillation Unit to produce the anticipated 65,000 barrels per day. Accordingly, this increased capacity will mean enhanced operations for the Tema Oil Refinery in the production of fuels and its related products.
The issue of fuels and fuel related products has been a chronic issue in the country – either the prices are uncomfortable for consumers or a seasonal shortage in fuel and fuel related products. In the last five years, there is been growing development to help eliminate these issues which rise up occasionally to be a national hurdle for consumers. Last month, all necessary test carried out by the Tema Oil Refinery proved successful as commented by the Managing Director (MD) of the refinery. According to the MD, the expansion is going to allow the refinery to produce a million barrel in thirty days rather than their previous duration of 45 days.
At the last quarter of 2016, there were growing concerns of low quality – high sulfur diesel being imported from Europe to Ghana and other West African countries. The issues which gained a social attention via the various media platforms ended up with five West African countries strengthening policy to allow the countries to reject these imported inferior fuels. In relation to this circumstance, there a test is being conducted for crude from a local oil field (Tweneboah Entomme Nyera Oil Fields) to give information to the Tema Oil Refinery and other stakeholders on the specification for sulfur contents in fuels. More to it, the test is being exercised to provide the Tema Oil Refinery with information on the commercial value of the by-products.
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