The continuous rise of Ghana’s energy sector debt and its implications

Benjamin Boakye, Executive Director of African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has assigned reasons for the mounting debt stock in the energy sector despite the institutionalisation of several taxes and levies to address the issue.

Ghana’s energy sector has a debt of $2.2 billion accumulated over a period of more than two decades. This is generally referred to as the legacy debt.
This has resulted in government’s inability to occasionally purchase fuel for the production of power and pay independent power producers leading to intermittent power outages.

The operations of State Owned Enterprises within the energy sector like ECG, VRA, GRIDCo have been constraint largely due to the massive debt overhang.

In 2015, Government of Ghana, during the administration of John Mahama passed the Energy Sector Levy Act (ACT 899) to bring under one umbrella, taxes and levies collected for the settlement of Ghana’s energy sector debt.

The ESLA was introduced to among others bring together energy sector levies for their efficient utilisation; defray the country’s energy sector legacy debts and other liabilities within the energy sector; serve as source of funds to facilitate sustainable long term investments in the energy sector.

Continuous debt accumulation

Speaking on PM Express Thursday, Ben Boakye noted that despite efforts at addressing the problem, the energy sector seems to be piling up more debt in recent times at a faster rate largely due to power agreements signed in the last 5 years.

This, in his opinion, has rendered the levies gathered under the ESLA inadequate to deal with the debt menace that has adversely affected the institutions for years.

“The money doesn’t appear to be adequate. You have an ESLA that is supposed to clear outstanding debt and we have not been able to stop accumulating debt. So whiles you want to address an existing debt portfolio, you are still accumulating debt” ACEP’s Executive Director disclosed.

Excess power

Currently, Ghana has an available installed electricity generation capacity of 4,399 MW – Hydroelectric: 1,580 MW, Thermal: 2,796 MW and Renewable: 22.5 MW.

The country’s peak demand in 2018, according to the Energy Commission, is 2,523.49 MW meaning Ghana has a little below 1000 MW in excess which is produced but not consumed.

The ACEP Executive Director points to this phenomenon as a significant contributing factor to Ghana’s inability to settle the legacy debts as it initially planned.

He disclosed that Ghana is compelled to pay millions of dollars monthly for power generated despite the fact that it is not being used. The situation, he adds, will compound should more of the IPPs with whom agreements have been signed come on stream.

Benjamin Boakye asserted “currently the excess capacity that we have to pay for is about $25 million every month. So by the end of the year when you have Amandi coming on, you have Cenpower coming full stream, that shoots us to about $42 million a month for excess capacity. The debt accumulation is not stopping, you always have to get extra money to address some of these challenges. We need to have a real look at these situation and say how do we deal with it? How do we stop the debt accumulation so that we can the opportunity to address the existing debt? Else, the ESLA alone will not be enough”

According to the “Annual Report on the Management of the Energy Sector Levies and Accounts For The Year 2018” submitted to Parliament by Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister, GHC2.5 million out of the GHC3.1 million gathered from the ESLA was utilised by Government.

Misuse of funds

Contributing to the discussion of Ghana’s energy sector debt, the Damongo MP and Ranking Member on Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament, Adams Mutawakilu, accused the Akufo-Addo government of misappropriating funds accrued by the ESLA.

This, he insists, has affected the performance of institutions who would have had some fiscal room to manage their operations and go for facilities on their own balance sheet.

“If a government in 2017 ESLA could tell us that they use GHC600 million to pay for pension arrears, What is more of misuse than that? That ESLA is purposely for energy sector and therefore you can’t just say you have liability and then you dip your hand (into it). It is captured in the report.”

“ECG in 2016 made a profit of GHC725 miilion under President Mahama, GRIDCo GHC69. So the ESLA if utilised in the manner it is expected, we expect these agencies to perform better. The more they are able to perform the more they are able to shoulder any facility they go in for. As at 2017, we got worst performance. ECG recorded a loss of GHC2 billion because it is not performing; GRIDCO, GHC118 million loss. So you realise that even with the ESLA the performance has gone down terribly” the lawmaker stressed.

In the view of the Ranking Member on the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament, Mutawakilu Adam, the energy sector debt will linger on for long time to come because of the government’s approach to dealing with it.

“This energy sector debt will hang on us for a very long time.”

“The rate of accumulation of debt is astronomical. If we can take from 1992 to 2015 to accumulate $2.4 billion debt and from January 2017 to today the energy debt accumulated is about GHC2 billion then there is cause for worry.”

“There was the need to put an end to it and that is why ESLA came in, bringing all the taxes under one envelop. And as at the end of 2015 we had $2.4 billion but by the end of 2016 it had reduced to $2.2 billion because $250 million of the $2.2 billion had been paid.”

Solution

To resolve the issue, however, Executive Director of ACEP, Benjamin Boakye has advocated strongly for the cancellation of some agreements signed between the government and power producing companies for the generation of power.

He emphasised that government must confront the issue of the energy sector debt head-on to reduce the risk of intermittent power outages.

“We have to sit down and address this energy issue because its going to be recurrent. We will be talking about it, blaming others but the situation needs solutions now. I think we have to bit the bullet, some of the contractors have to go. Who can go? Bear the consequences because if you are going to pay $200 million today it is better than waiting to pay GHC 500, GHC1bn in 2-3 years” he cautioned

Over GHC3 million Duase warehousing projects defective

A four-warehouse project, rehabilitated at the cost of a little over GH?3 million at Duase in the Manhyia North district of the Ashanti Region and just handed over to the state, has been classified as having several defects less than five months after completion.

The project, which was awarded to Messrs Seliwas Company Limited, in 2017, to be completed in five months, was originally estimated at a little over GH?1 million but was revised to a little over GH?3 million, being GH?2 million difference.

Out of this total sum spent on the project, GH?572,243 was a contribution disbursed from the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA).

The expected date for the completion of the project was also revised from April 4, 2018, to May 4, 2018, however, according to officials at the facility the project was handed over in February 2019.

This notwithstanding, parts of the newly rehabilitated facility, handed over to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) for use, has already started showing signs of wear and tear.

Three of the four structures – including an office used by the Ghana Commodity Exchange for monitoring – leak heavily when it rains, while other parts have visible signs of cracks.

During the visit to the facility by members of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), it emerged that a number of reports had already been filed on the development. One of such memos reporting the issue stated that “immediate action needed to be taken before it becomes disastrous.”

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However, authorities in charge of the facility appeared to have ignored this plea and persistent calls for attention to be given to the defects while the newly-rehabilitated facility deteriorate.

The current rate of the facility’s deterioration is feared could affect the work of the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) and National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO), which currently occupy parts of the facility.

NAFCO stocks variety of food items – including soya beans, rice, and maize – to guarantee an assured income to farmers by providing a minimum guaranteed price and ready market. Part of its mandate is also to mop-up excess produce from all farmers in order to reduce post-harvest losses resulting from spoilage due to poor storage, thereby protecting farm incomes.

Currently, NAFCO is in charge of food supplies to senior high schools as part of the government’s Free Senior High School programme, and therefore any delay in addressing the leakages at the facility could affect the quality of grains it stocks for supply.

The Corporate Affairs Manager of NAFCO, Mr. Emmanuel Arthur, explained in a telephone interview that NAFCO is just an end-user of the facility but with the current situation would take steps to secure its stock in order that it is not contaminated in any way.

However, he disclosed that effort was going to be made to engage the consultants and contractor of the rehabilitation works.

Meanwhile, attempts to get some clarifications from the contractor, Messrs Seliwas Company Limited, were unsuccessful. Several calls placed to clarify some of the issues that emerged at the visit of the Committee mandated to monitor and evaluate the management and use of Ghana’s petroleum revenues by institutions of the state, were not answered.

Also, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Rev. John Manu, in a telephone interview also said he was not aware of the rehabilitation works. However, he indicated that it could have been done prior to his transfer to the Region.

The visit by PIAC formed part of its 2019 districts engagement and inspection of projects supported with oil revenue in the Ashanti Region.

The members of PIAC, led by the Vice-Chairman of PIAC, Dr. Thomas Stevens, to inspect the facility were not impressed with the state of the facility considering the amount of money that was spent on the rehabilitation.

Dangote refinery to end imports of petroleum products to Africa

Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries would soon heave a sigh of relief from the importation of petroleum products, with the imminent completion of the 650,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) Dangote Refinery at Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos.

Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects & Portfolio Development, Devakumar Edwin, made this statement on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, during the opening of the Ghana International Petroleum Conference (GhIPCON), which took place in Accra, Ghana.

This year’s conference held under the theme: ‘Regional Collaboration: A Catalyst for Transformation,” organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy and the National Petroleum Authority, was attended by stakeholders in the petroleum sector in the West Africa region.

Represented by the Technical Adviser to the President of Dangote Group on Refinery and Petrochemicals, Ign. Babajide Soyode, Mr. Edwin expressed the belief that the completion of Dangote Refinery and other modular refineries projects across West Africa, would lead to the integration of the downstream industries and stabilise the prices of petroleum products across the African sub-region.

He stressed the need for other investors in West Africa to emulate the investment drive of Aliko Dangote in the downstream petroleum sector and make the sub-region exporter of refined products.

He also urged investors in sub-Saharan Africa to take the bull by the horn by investing in the downstream sector.

According to him, “If Dangote can do it, any investor can do it. Dangote has not waited for government to regulate the downstream sector before starting the construction of the refinery.”

“We don’t need foreign investors to turn around our downstream sector. African investors should be able to emulate Dangote and revive the African downstream petroleum industry,” he added.

He assured that the refinery is designed to process multiple grades of domestic and foreign crude, which can be converted into high-quality gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation fuels that meet Euro V emissions specifications.

The facility, according to him, would be integrated with a petrochemical unit that will produce polypropylene and fertilisers.

Mr. Edwin said Nigeria would soon become the largest exporter of fertiliser in Africa as the Dangote Fertiliser Company is set to commence full production.

According to him, pre-commissioning activities have started while construction work is still on-going at the Dangote Refinery site.

Speaking also at the event, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, assured stakeholders in the petroleum downstream industry that government would create an enabling environment for downstream business to thrive competitively, efficiently and with the highest of safety standards.

“Government, through the Ministry of Energy is in the process of ensuring institutional and regulatory re-alignment of the midstream gas subsector to bring clarity and a degree of certainty to players within that subsector,” he said.

The GhIPCON is designed to actively bring to the fore the operating industry’s perspective and guidance on issues of governmental and regulatory policy, as well as best practices for the advancement of the industry across West Africa.

The conference witnessed a convergence of about 250 regulators and downstream industry stakeholders from across the West African sub-region and beyond.

The event stimulated regional discussions that set the tone for a West African policy framework on the outlook of the petroleum downstream industry, regulate petroleum downstream infrastructure projects, efficiency and financing.

Participants discussed whether or not West Africa was ready for IMO 2020 and fuel specification trends, making West African refineries work, tackling illicit activities, fuel fraud and supply chain security in the West African sub-region, as well as consumerising West Africa’s natural gas.

Topics discussed at the event included: Unlocking West Africa’s Deregulatory Inertia,Making West Africa’s Refineries Work, Ghana’s Cylinder Reticulation Model, Harmonsing Sub-Regional Petroleum Products Specifications, and Challenges of Regional Distribution of Petroleum Products’.

Fire safety drill at CalBank headoffice

CalBank today conducted a fire safety drill at its Head Office, at Ridge, Accra in association with the Ghana Fire Service. The drill was conducted as part of the Bank’s Business Continuity Program (BCP) and also in fulfilment of regulatory and international safety requirements and standards on institutional preparedness and evacuation mechanisms for fire.

During the exercise, artificial smoke was created, hydraulic ladders were released by the Fire Service to evacuate staff on higher floors. Fire marshals of the Bank successfully championed the evacuation of team members to the fire assembly point and a headcount of staff was done.

The staff of the Bank responded to the drill enthusiastically and acted as they had been trained in the unlikely event of a fire. The Fire Service commended staff of CalBank for the prompt response and cooperation during the drill. The drill was aimed to ensure the staff of CalBank are continuously prepared to respond to emergency situations and to have practical sessions should there be a crisis.

Good businesses are safe in Ghana – President courts the French

President Akufo-Addo has said Ghana is a haven of peace, security and stability, indeed, the safest country in the West Africa sub-region.

According to him, Ghana is a country where legitimate investments are protected. 

“We are a country where the principles of democratic accountability and respect for the rule of law, individual liberties and human rights are now firmly entrenched in our body politic, and where the separation of powers is real in promoting accountable governance under the rule of law,” he said. President Akufo-Addo said this on Tuesday at the France-Ghana Business Forum, held at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance, in Paris, as part of his official visit to France.

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that his administration has resolved to build a progressive and prosperous country, and is drawing inspiration from the success story of countries around the world. 

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that since assuming the reins of office some two and half years ago, his government has put in place measures needed to reduce the cost of doing business, and improve the business environment. 

“Our goal is to make our economy the most business-friendly economy in Africa,” the President added. 

Reiterating that “it is an exciting time to be in Ghana and to do business in the country”, he enumerated a plethora of multinational companies that are seeking to establish bases in the country. 

Already, global car manufacturing giants, Volkswagen of Germany, Sinotruk of China, Nissan and Toyota of Japan, and Renault of France, are working to establish assembly plants in the country. Energy giant, ExxonMobil of the United States of America, is establishing an office and base in Ghana. 

“We have also decided to walk hand-in-hand with the private sector and the business community on this journey. This is because the New Patriotic Party, the party from which my Government is borne, is of the firm conviction that the role of the private sector in the development of our national economy is crucial,” he added.

Google has established the first Artificial Intelligence Centre in Africa in Ghana, and Norway’s energy giant, Aker Energy, has, in the time of President Akufo-Addo, made discoveries of substantial offshore oil and gas deposits. 

“I am sure you may have heard of some of my government’s flagship policies of “One District, One Factory”, “One Village, One Dam”, and the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”, which I commend to you, as I do areas in water, health, housing, road and rail infrastructure, transport, industry, manufacturing, agriculture, petroleum and gas, the exploitation of our mineral wealth of bauxite, iron ore and gold, renewable energy and ICT growth,” the President said. 

He was particularly excited about the dramatic revival of Ghanaian agriculture that has been occasioned by the successful implementation of our programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which has, within two years, brought a million smallholder farmers under its ambit. 

In tackling Ghana’s infrastructural deficit, the President revealed that his government is embarking on an aggressive public private partnership programme to attract investment in the development of both the country’s road and railway infrastructure. 

“We are hopeful that, with solid private sector participation, we can develop a modern railway network with strong production centre linkages and with the potential to connect us to our neighbours,” he added. 

President Akufo-Addo told the French business community that they can choose to invest in Ghana through the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre or set up as a Free Zones enterprise. 

“Regardless of where the investment is, government has instituted a number of incentives for the investor, depending on the nature of the activity, or the location of the investment,” he added. 

Some of these incentives, the President said, include exemption from payment of import duty for plant and machinery; 25 per cent tax rebate for companies located in regional capitals; 50% tax rebate for companies investing outside regional capitals; zero percent corporate tax for 10 years, and, thereafter, 8 per cent for companies in the Free Zones enclave; full repatriation of dividends and profits; transfer of funds to service foreign loans; and laws against arbitrary confiscation of company or investment.

President Akufo-Addo urged the business community in France to take advantage of the growing business-friendly climate in the country to invest in Ghana. 

Ibrahim Mahama: The artist building a parliament from recycled train seats

Dozens of worn plastic train seats and dilapidated wooden lockers that were destined for the dump in Ghana have ended up in a Manchester art gallery, in a work by one of Africa’s most exciting young artists.

When hundreds of hard, scratched second-class train seats were abandoned after their clapped-out carriages were scrapped several years ago, only one man was likely to be interested in them.

Ibrahim Mahama has made his name by collecting objects other people would dismiss as junk, but which he thinks can help him tell a story.

After salvaging the seats, the artist has repurposed 120 of them – plus several dozen old lockers once used by train workers – to create a four-sided imitation of Ghana’s parliament chamber at the Whitworth gallery in Manchester. It’s called Parliament of Ghosts.

The ghosts, he says, are the opportunities his home country failed to grasp over the years, and the train seats and railway workers’ lockers symbolise that story.

Ghana’s train system was built under British colonial rule and was due to be expanded after the optimism of independence in 1957, with the railway workers instrumental in the independence movement. But the optimism faded, economic growth struggled to take off and a series of military coups hampered progress. The railways were neglected for decades.

Parliament of Ghosts represents the “potential of a country that was yet to manifest itself, but never came to be, in a way”, Mahama says. The seats and other objects carry the memories of everything they have witnessed and been through, he believes. “They embody all of it.”

The same goes for the lockers. “A lot of these cabinets were used to store workers’ clothes and tools and things. So there’s a lot of grease from the restoration of trains and the dismantling.

“The cabinets almost become these living organisms that witness the entire life cycles of generations upon generations of how a certain system has somehow been maintained – but at the same time the flaws of it. I like to think they are living things that somehow can speak in a language that the workers themselves cannot.”

Parliament of Ghosts doesn’t just represent the flaws of Ghana’s government, but is meant to highlight the failures of parliaments around the world – not least, at a time of Brexit deadlock, the UK’s. “Parliament of Ghosts is a question of what potential lies within the failures of the world,” Mahama says.

The train seats are actually thought to have been manufactured in Manchester or Leeds, adding to the story of their return. This is the Ghanaian artist’s first major UK exhibition – commissioned by the Manchester International Festival – and people are invited to go and use his parliament chamber to host their own debates, performances and screenings.

He has many more train seats back home, and is planning to create a much larger version of the parliament at the arts centre he opened in his home town of Tamale in March.

“When I propose a work, I always make sure I have one maybe three or four times larger in Ghana which we can somehow use to create permanent spaces for the local community to experience,” he says. “Because that’s the point. I guess I’m quite tired of seeing how we as artists produce works which end up going to Europe and other places, whereas locally our own people don’t get to experience these ideas that we’re working with.”

Mahama also talks about how his institute – the Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art – is working on initiatives to help with agriculture, housing and education. But he is also in demand in Europe and beyond. At the age of 32, he is represented by the prestigious White Cube gallery in London and earlier this year was the youngest of six artists to exhibit in the first Ghanaian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

He has previously made artworks out of hundreds of wooden tool boxes used by shoe shiners, and by covering buildings in jute sacks that had been used to carry cocoa, maize and charcoal. He recently also used the sacks to replace the flags outside the United Nations’ headquarters at the Rockerfeller Center in New York. Replacing national flags with decaying food sacks “reminded us of the global condition in a way”, he says.

The Manchester exhibition also includes a replica of the concrete silos that were built in Ghana in the late 1950s to store cocoa beans before they were processed, but which remained empty. There are also battered Ghanaian wooden school bookcases that Mahama obtained after offering to make new furniture for the schools to replace them.

“The older the objects, with the decay and the stains, that’s what I find a value in,” the artist says. “The memory and the pattern is something that speaks to us – rather than when a thing is very new, and it almost has no soul to it.”

Parliament of Ghosts is at the Whit worth gallery until 29 September.

ECOWAS finally adopts ECO as single currency

Beginning in January 2020, countries within the West African sub-region will be able to use a single currency called ECO.

The currency was adopted by the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Saturday in Nigeria’s capital Abuja.

The West African leaders endorsed the currency at their 55th Ordinary Session and approved a road map towards the currency’s issuance in January 2020.

There was a roadmap to ensure that all member countries meet three primary criteria for the adoption of the currency.

Criteria for adoption
That includes member countries having a budget deficit of not more than 3%; average annual inflation of less than 10% with a long-term goal of not more than 5% by 2019.

Countries were expected to also have gross reserves that can finance at least three months of imports.

The other convergence criteria that have been adopted by ECOWAS are public debt or Gross Domestic Product of not more than 70%.

There is also the issue of central banks financing budget deficit not more than 10% of previous year’s tax revenue, and nominal exchange rate variation of plus or minus 10%.


At the end of the Abuja meeting, a communiqué read by Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mustapha Suleiman noted that the regional leaders instructed the ECOWAS Commission to work in collaboration with West African Monetary Agency.

The commission is also expected to work with West African Monetary Institute and all central banks to settle on a symbol for the single currency.

Significant progress

The ECOWAS Chairman President Issoufou Mahamadou has said that the revised roadmap does not affect the date for the issuance of the single currency in January 2020.

Speaking about the deadline for adoption Mahamadou said “We have not changed that but we will continue with assessment between now and then.

“We are of the view that countries that are ready will launch the single currency and countries that are not yet ready will join the programme as they comply with all six convergence criteria.”

ECOWAS has a combined population of 385 million and was set up in 1975.

It comprises Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

Eight of these countries use one currency called the CFA franc. Those are Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

The current decision to adopt one currency is similar to the move made by the European Union to adopt a single currency called Euro.

Telcos record more than 2,000 fibre cuts in first half of 2019

The Mobile Industry experienced over 2,000 incidents of fibre cuts, and 600 incidents of theft at base stations affecting over 18 million subscribers within the first half of this year alone, data released from the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has shown.

The mobile industry group observed that the prevalence of fibre cuts, cable/fuel/battery thefts, and vandalism to the infrastructure of its members’, remains a grave challenge affecting quality of service, general social and economic activity, security and customer experience across the country.

A release by the Chamber said persistent nature of the cuts and damage to infrastructure affect operations and threatens the long term sustainability of the mobile technology ecosystem, upon which Ghana’s digitization agenda relies heavily on in delivering a formal, smart economy and connected society for Ghanaians.

Further data from the industry association reveals that, these cuts which were caused mainly by private developers, road contractors, unknown criminals and other utility providers cost the industry over GH¢30 million in direct repairs only (without counting the cost of loss of revenue, the non-traditional temporary solutions deployed as well as additional capital expenditure to keep network availability stable) over 150,000 litres of diesel, and 240 batteries stolen from the cell sites.

Chief Executive of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Ing. Kenneth Ashigbey said: “the data gathered speaks to the enormous problem that service providers are faced with; where limited funds are being expended on repairs of cuts and replacement of equipment as against expanding the network to enhance quality, reach and experience for customers.

The service providers have to deploy extra meshed networks to provide additional redundancies to ensure that, the over 300 cuts being experienced per month currently does not impact more than 25% of the network”

“We cannot continue to accept this menace as a norm, and we are working assiduously to reach all partners and stakeholders who work within the Right of Way (RoW) across the country to agree on modalities to reduce if not eradicate the menace,” Ashigbey said.

In the light of this development, the Chamber is embarking on a Sensitization Outreach in 4 main regions where reports of cable thefts, cuts and damage are rampant to build awareness towards enforcement.

This engagement would seek to bring together stakeholders from the Road Agencies, Road Contractors, Utility Service Providers, Local Government, Regulators and others who work within the reservations or play critical roles in its management. Attendees will work together to build action plans towards effective collaboration and better coordination within the right of ways while preserving each other’s infrastructure.

The workshops will engage with security teams within the regions to ensure criminals who tamper with telecommunications infrastructure are dealt with in accordance with the law.

Section 77 of the Electronic Communications Act 2008 (Act 775) makes Fibre Optic Cable cut and damage to communications infrastructure a criminal offence, to which offenders liable to summary conviction to a fine of not more than three thousand penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than five years or both.”

‘The general public is entreated to be vigilant of suspicious persons who access the Right of Way, culverts fitted with underground cables and base station facilities without permits or visibly branded outfits. Kindly inform the law enforcement authority or call your mobile network operator to report as their activities affect your service and compromise your security in the long term,” the release said.

The first Sensitization Outreach will be held on Thursday the 27th June 2019 in Cape Coast

Arla Foods launches DANO Coffee flavored milk in Ghana

Dairy company Arla Foods Limited has launched yet another exciting new milk flavour under the DANO brand, to meet the growing dairy needs of Ghanaian consumers.

The DANO Coffee flavoured milk was unveiled in an elaborate ceremony at the plush Movenpick Hotel in Accra on Friday, April 5th 2019 amidst a lot of fun and energising activities that communicate the proposition of the coffee variant.

The Ghana office of Arla Foods which was opened in September 2017 operates with two main brands – DANO and Lurpak.

In a welcome address the Country Manager – Fatoumata Doro mentioned that Arla Foods drives on 4 health pillars; Making dairy even better, Inspiring good food habits and choices, Championing dairy goodness and Making it easier for people to live healthier lives. Hence the initiative to provide additional dairy options for Ghanaians.

Unveiling the new product, the Marketing Manager of Arla Foods Ltd, Mawusi Mawuenyefia reiterated that the DANO Coffee is an addition to the existing flavoured variants (Chocolate and Strawberry flavours) to provide more nutritious and exciting options of dairy products. Being a dairy company, our flavoured products are mainly milk with an addition of natural flavours, she added.

Arla Foods Limited encourage Ghanaians to make dairy nutrition an essential part of their diet. A healthy diet is a requirement for developing healthy citizens for building a healthy nation.

Barely two years in Ghana, Arla Foods Limited has introduced a good array of dairy products on to the Ghanaian market. Under the flagship DANO brand they have milk products in powdered, UHT(liquid) and flavoured powder formats.

They also have mozzarella cheese and Lurpak Butter. Other dairy products will be introduced to the market to provide a wider choice of nutritious products to Ghanaian consumers.

The new Coffee 3-in-1 variant is a 40g sachet that is expected to be sold at same price as the other two existing flavours – chocolate and strawberry.

Total Petroleum Ghana Limited paves way for better energy with its 4th solar-powered station

Total Petroleum Ghana Limited has converted its service station at Korle Bu into a solar-powered one.

The Total Group is committed to a global solar program and is aiming to equip 5,000 service stations with photovoltaic solar panels around the world. The project is fully aligned with Total’s ambition to become the responsible energy major and its commitment to developing solar power.

‘The solar-powered stations represent Total’s commitment towards energizing communities and fostering sustainable development. It also illustrates the company’s dedication towards ensuring environmental sustainability, innovation, and premium customer service’ said the Managing Director of Total Petroleum Ghana Limited, Eric Fanchini on the occasion of the project.

In addition to the solar station, the company introduced solar kiosks to selected service stations in Accra in 2018 to provide customers with easy access to phone charging and WIFI connection.

The wave of renewable energy started in 2015 with the introduction of 100% Total solar lamps which are accessible at all TOTAL service station shops nationwide.

Since Total Petroleum Ghana Limited inaugurated its three solar powered service stations, namely, TOTAL Tema Main Harbour, TOTAL Takoradi Airport Junction and TOTAL Miles 4 in Kumasi, it has been able to reduce its operation cost thus decreasing the pressure on the local grid and exploring the potential of solar energy.


The four solar-powered stations were constructed and maintained by local engineers and solar experts.

‘As a responsible industrial player, Total takes action to develop new energies that are efficient and environmentally friendly, and it is our resolve to contribute to local development and environmental sustainability. This is equally central to the modernization of our service stations to bring convenience and quality products and services to customers’ said Eric Fanchini.

Promoting a sustainable environment

The TOTAL Korle Bu solar-powered station is an integral part of efforts to reinforce Total’s network identity with a resolutely contemporary image and installations that are more energy- efficient and outlets that blend harmoniously into the environment.

The photovoltaic panels of 18.5 kWp on its forecourt roof convert the sun’s rays into electricity. This electricity is used to supply renewable energy to power the entire service station.

‘Its eco-friendly design, transparent canopy, earthy and neutral color tones, and green area creates a warm and welcoming environment for our esteemed customers. Whether customers fuel, service or wash their cars or simply get cold drinks at its Café Bonjour shop, they are partnering with us to build a more sustainable environment.

The establishment of this solar- powered service station depicts Total’s dedication to continuous improvement and the establishment of an identity related to constant innovation that sets us apart in the downstream petroleum sector. We plan to roll out other solar-powered service stations in the nearest future,’ Eric Fanchini added.

About Total Petroleum Ghana Limited

Established in 1951, Total Petroleum Ghana Limited is a locally listed oil marketing company with over 4700 Ghanaian shareholders. The company has a retail network of 251 service stations across the ten regions of the country with activities spanning the Aviation, Bitumen and Mining businesses. The company provides expertise on engine performance and reduction in fuel consumption through premium quality fuels, lubricants and car care products. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited is ISO 9001:2015 certified and its respect for quality, standards, achievements and safety has propelled it to the forefront of the Ghanaian Petroleum Industry.

About the Marketing & Services division of Total

The Marketing & Services division of Total develops and markets products primarily derived from crude oil, along with all of the associated services. Its 31,000 employees are present in 109 countries and its products and services offers are sold in 150 countries. Every day, Total Marketing Services serves more than 8 million customers in its network of over 14,000 service stations in 62 countries. As the world’s fourth largest distributor of lubricants and the leading distributor of petroleum products in Africa, Total Marketing Services operates 50 production sites worldwide where it manufactures the lubricants, bitumen, additives, special fuels and fluids that sustain its growth.


About Total
Total is a major energy player, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, our ambition is to become the responsible energy major.

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