Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, says engaging his subordinate, Isaac Osei on the matter of whether the Tema Oil Refinery should be used for a tank farm or not in the media would be the most “ridiculous thing to do”.
But speaking on Oman FM on the ranging controversy, Mr Agyarko said: “If you are a minister, it’s beneath you to engage your subordinates 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”
“So as a minister, I will not engage any of my subordinates over issues we disagree on the radio. It’s beneath me. I’m not being boastful or arrogant. It’s just not right. I will engage the president on the matter and move it on from there not my subordinate.”
Mr Agyarko is of the opinion that it is wrong for the Managing Director (MD) of TOR to have responded the way he did when he announced the government’s plans to turn TOR into a tank farm after a new refinery is established.
The Energy Minister disclosed in January that government in partnership with the private sector will build a new oil refinery at the cost of $4billion.
The new refinery is expected to produce about 150,000 barrels of oil per day, eight times the current production of the TOR when completed, leading to the gradual easing out of TOR into a tank farm—a move the management of TOR labelled as unacceptable.
However Mr. Osei in an interview 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.