Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bulk Distributors Companies Senyo Horsi has debunked reports that the company imports inferior diesel into the country.
Speaking Monday on Citi FM, Mr. Horsi said the statements are “unfortunate and untrue” adding that all oil products the BDCs import are properly tested before they are brought into the country.
The Chronicle newspaper on Monday claimed that its “investigations into the affairs of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) have revealed that though the refinery is presently not refining any crude, it has to administer its own chemicals, known as MMT to raise the standards of some of the imported finished products that are brought in by the BDCs in order to meet the acceptable octane levels”.
It also indicated that “these imported products are allegedly considered as rejects and therefore sold cheaper on the markets where they are procured”.
According to the paper “TOR laboratory has almost on daily basis been rejecting these inferior products because they fall below the acceptable octane level, but directives are usually issued from the top of the company to chemically treat the products at virtually no cost to the importers of the product”.
However, Mr. Horsi says the fact the paper was unable to name any real references means the publication was done mischievously to tarnish the image of the BDC.
He said the BDC ensures that all imported petroleum products into the country meet the required standards and that there is no way the products will be allowed into the country if required standards are not met.
The BDC in its efforts to make fuel available in the country was rather losing due to the cedi’s depreciating rate against the dollar adding that, the publication will undermine the hard work the BDC doing to ensure petroleum products are available in the country.
“What the paper is doing is wrong. We are hardworking people and the BDC is losing so please don’t make our work harder than it already is, we don’t need distractions like these”.
In a related development, Deputy Energy and Petroleum Minister Benjamin Dagadu says 34 million litres of diesel have been released and are currently being offloaded at Tema for onward distribution.
He said the current release which will last for a week will be sent to the Volta, Central, Western and Greater Accra Regions where the shortage is reportedly severe.
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