Calls for closure of Sentuo Oil Refinery intensify amid allegations of illegal operations


The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) and the Institute for Energy Security (IES) are urging the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to take immediate action by shutting down the Chinese Sentuo Oil Refinery.

The call comes in response to allegations of illegal operations and the supply of substandard fuel to the Ghanaian market.

In a joint statement issued on 21 February 2024, COPEC and IES expressed concerns about the refinery allegedly operating without the required permit from the NPA. According to them, all entities involved in business or commercial activities in the downstream sector, as per the NPA Act 2005, must obtain a permit from the board before commencing operations.

The statement emphasised that Sentuo Oil Refinery has not acquired the necessary permits for oil processing and trading, raising significant regulatory and quality assurance issues. COPEC and IES warned about the consequences of the refinery’s actions, stating that the distribution of substandard products could lead to engine malfunctions, especially in the Greater Accra, Ashanti, and the three Northern regions.

The energy watchdogs have called for an investigation by the Special Prosecutor into Sentuo’s activities and have issued a stern warning of legal action against the Ghana Standards Authority and the National Petroleum Authority if immediate measures are not taken to address the situation.

Read full statement below: 

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