The National Petroleum Authority outfit in the Upper West Regional office of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) on Sunday shut down a fuel filling station owned by Oval Energy Company Limited for engaging in third-party activities at Gindabuor in the Savannah Region.
The term third party refers to the act of receiving petroleum products from an unknown source other than the sponsoring Oil Marketing Company (OMC).
Section 11(1) of the NPA Act, 2005 (Act 691) states that: “A person shall not engage in a business or commercial activity in the petroleum downstream industry unless that person has been granted a licence for that purpose by the Authority.”
The action followed a tip-off that the station had been selling petroleum products in the evenings and on weekends.
The station, operating under the sponsorship of Oval Energy Company Ltd, was seen dispensing fuel to motorists when officials of NPA and security personnel visited the station.
When questioned about the source of the product, the Station Manager could not produce any document covering the product.
The Regional Manager of NPA, Mr. Bashiru Natogma cautioned dealers to desist from illegal activities as they would be brought to book and with severe sanctions meted out to them should they be caught.
It will be recalled that the NPA published a list of OMCs that are not in good standing with the Authority in the National dailies of which Oval Energy was among.