The Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) will produce high volumes of aviation turbine kerosene (ATK) when it refines crude oil from the Tweneboa, Enyera and Ntomme (TEN) fields in the Western Region.

Officials of TOR say they believe that the supply of the TEN crude will make it easier for the company to produce higher volumes than the present 20 per cent of ATK devoid of contamination.

“The assay (chemical composition) of Ghana’s crude is such that we can refine it with ‘our eyes closed’ and with the delivery of one million barrels from the TEN fields, we will prove to everybody that we can comfortably refine and get the expected yield of products,” the General Manager in charge of Production at TOR, Mr Easmon Asamoah, told the Daily Graphic in an interview in Tema.

He said the delivery of the crude was confirmation of the long-held view by the workers that TOR’s machinery and personnel were capable of processing local crude.

He was of the view that apart from refining locally produced crude at TOR more cost effectively, its availability to the refinery would also ensure consistent supply and further reduce the company’s operational cost in the area of import duty.

Presently, of some 20,000 metric tonnes national consumption, Puma Energy and Ebony Oil and Gas supply some 80 per cent of demand, while TOR produces 20 per cent of the market share.

TOR’s refinery operations suffered a setback from 2008 to 2014 as a result of huge debts that suffocated its operations, leading to its inability to procure crude oil for production.

The situation led to widespread protests by the workers union, who also asked the government to make available crude oil from the Jubilee fields as a respite to its operations.

The government, however, rejected the call, arguing that TOR’s machinery were not compatible with the vanadium (metal) content of Jubilee crude, a suggestion the then Managing Director, Mr Ato Ampiah, rejected vehemently and insisted that TOR had the capacity to process crude from any part of the world.