Six petroleum haulage companies in the Republic of Ghana have been sanctioned by Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) for adulterating products valued at GH¢3,445,200.00 (US$522,034.27) at its Kumasi depot last year.
According to BOST, four out of the six transporters had fully paid the undisclosed surcharged amount while two others are yet to fully settle their surcharge.
Adulteration of petroleum products entails the illegal introduction of foreign substances that could lead to non-compliance with standard specifications.
This consequently causes irreparable damage to engines, which could result in increased fuel consumption and a low fuel spraying rate in the combustion chamber.
It would be recalled that this portal reported in late last year that Management of BOST had discovered that ten tankers that were going through pre-discharge checks had been found to carrying adulterated products at its Kumasi Depot.
The drivers of the tankers bolted. Two of them were later arrested with the rest still at large. It is believed that they are hiding in Ghana’s neighbouring countries.
At a meeting with transporters last year, the Managing Director of BOST, Mr. Edwin Provencal served notice to owners of the tanker trucks to produce the runway drivers or face severe sanctions.
In a report filed by graphic.com.gh, it said BOST, in a response to an audit observation memo, revealed that it had sanctioned the transporters for the criminal act.