The Minority in Parliament has vowed to reject moves by government to convert the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) into a tank farm.
The Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko disclosed in January that government in partnership with the private sector will build a new oil refinery at the cost of $4billion in the Western Region, paving the way for the conversion of TOR to a tank farm.
The CEO of TOR, Isaac Osei and the Energy Minister have been at each other’s throat since the announcement by the latter.
Mr. Osei and his Board Chairman, in a united voice, kicked against the decision, wondering why the refinery will be scrapped at a time when it has installed a catalytic cracker with the hope to commence full operations.
“I didn’t come to TOR to preside over its demise. I have not come here to run this company by scrapping it,” Mr. Osei said, adding: “I don’t think converting it into a tank farm is the way forward.”
Reacting to the CEO of TOR’s opposition to the ‘tank farm’ idea on the sidelines of the Licensing Bids Evaluation and Negotiation Committee, Agyarko said Mr. Osei has no locus to question the move.
He said: “If you are a minister, it’s beneath you to engage your subordinate on something both of you disagree on in public or on radio. And if you are under a minister and you disagree with his decision you don’t resort to the radio to vent your displeasure