Ghana develops new strategy on use of LPG after completion of first gas plant in 2013

More Ghanaians are to be encour­aged to use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) when the gas processing plant comes on stream in 2013.

In that regard, the Ministry of Energy has formulated a strategy to vigorously promote the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in domestic and public institutions.

The aim, according to Sec­tor Minister, Dr Joe Oteng­ Adjei, was to increase the use of LPG in domestic and public institutions from the current level of 12 per cent to 50 per cent.

The initiative is expected to commence in 2013 when the Gas Processing Plant to process natural gas from the Jubilee Field becomes opera­tional.

In 1989, the government embarked on an LPG promo­tional programme, which was aimed at reducing wood fuel consumption.

The initiative resulted in an increase in LPG fuel consump­tion trom 5,267 tonnes in 1989 to 32,000 tonnes in 1996 and 178,400 by the end of 2010.

The energy minister made these remarks in Accra in a speech delivered on his behalf by one of his deputies, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, at a consulta­tive meeting on Sustainable Energy for all Accelerated Framework (SEAAF).

The SEAAF is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General that seeks to ensure, among other interventions, universal access to electricity, clean fuels and devices for cooking and mechanical power; improve­ments in energy efficiency, and increases in the production and use of renewable energy.

The consultative meeting was aimed at developing a Ghana Country Action Plan for the achievement of SEAAF by 2015.

Describing the SEAAF as a laudable initiative, Dr Oteng­ Adjei said it would comple­ment the efforts of developing countries to ensure universal access to energy for their citi­zens.

Source: Daily Graphic

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