By EKOW DONTOH
Tema Oil Refinery Ltd., Ghanas only
crude-processing facility, restarted after it secured funds for
Nigerian crude, General Transport, Petroleum and Chemical
Workers Union Chairman Emmanuel Offoh said.
The state-owned refinery resumed operations on
Oct. 15 after management secured some letters of credit and
bought a consignment of 600,000 bblof crude from Nigeria,
Offoh said by phone from Tema, 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of
Accra, the capital. At current production of 28,000 bpd,
we can continue to refine for three weeks, he said.
The 45,000 bpd facility has closed three times since
reopening in April. The plant has struggled since 2009 to
replace aging machinery and to get financing, tightening
supplies of fuel in West Africas second-largest economy.
Ghana imports most of its fuel.
The refinery is looking for private investors as
government alone cannot finance the refinerys activities, Managing
Director Ato Ampiah said on Oct. 3.
Ampiah and Aba Lokko, the companys corporate and public
affairs manager, didnt immediately respond to a call and
e-mail seeking comment.