Oil plunge: COPEC tells govt to support BOST to stock oil

Duncan Amoah Seek Duncan Amoah, Executive Secretary of COPEC

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 Source: classfmonline.com

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers is urging the Ghana government to consider helping the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) to get a good credit line or an open credit system in place immediately to stock oil for the country's strategic reserves or stocking needs.

This follows the plunge of oil price below zero for the first time in an unprecedented wipeout. The price on the futures contract for West Texas crude that is due to expire Tuesday fell into negative territory - minus $37.63 a barrel.

And according to COPEC, the government should also consider getting the local refinery (Tema Oil Refinery) back to productivity in order to process Ghana's oil locally.

This is because some of Ghana’s producers or oil fields may be soon forced to shut down production due to a lack of storage space globally.

“Whatever security guarantees or arrangements that need to be put in place to forestall any games with the strategic reserves must certainly be robust and efficient so the country does not lose on both the upstream and downstream ends due to the low prices being recorded on the international market currently”, it explained.

Further “Yes, it is indeed true that oil prices especially the WTI platform Is currently trading at -$15 which is about the lowest in several decades.

“Brent, however, is still trading around $26 as at close of day and as such pump prices are very unlikely to see any reductions as is being expected by a cross-section of the Ghanaian public.”

COPEC added that the pricing collapse is largely reflected on crude and has very little direct impact on processed or refined products and by extension local pump prices.

Moreover, the Ghanaian market is largely Brent benchmark dependent and as such a collapse on WTI is quite unlikely to have any trickle-down effect on local pump prices here.

Source: classfmonline.com