TOR debts: Strategic partnership urgent -Eureka Energy Solutions
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ADDRESSING TEMA OIL REFINERY’S SHORT-TO-MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL
CHALLENGES: A STRATEGIC ROADMAP.
EUREKA ENERGY SOLUTIONS LTD
For Immediate Release
Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), a stalwart in Ghana’s oil and petrochemical industry, has encountered
financial turbulence in recent times, notably in the first to third quarter of 2023. These challenges
have constrained TOR’s ability to fulfill its core mandate of crude oil refining and its potential for
generating vital revenue streams.
The Financial Conundrum
At the heart of TOR’s financial setbacks lies an outstanding debt of 11 million GHS owed to the
Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). This debt has, regrettably, led to persistent power disruptions,
hindering TOR’s operations. The severity of the situation prompted ECG to set deadlines for debt
repayment, with five (5) million GHS due by 18th August and the remaining six (6) million GHS due
by 31st August 2023. Studies conducted by EUREKA on the matter indicate a looming threat of
shutdown due to TOR’s inability to meet its financial obligations. Critical among these is the
National Petroleum Authority’s (NPA) ultimatum for TOR to present an immediate laboratory
restoration plan, a prerequisite for resuming product certification in the Aviation sector. Furthermore,
the NPA has demanded that TOR strive to achieve a 50ppm Sulphur specification in automotive
fuels. Compounding these financial constraints is TOR’s obligation to meet staff remuneration and
offset overhead costs, which include obligations to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Provident
Fund (PF), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), and ongoing legal fees. This
confluence of financial pressures necessitates swift short-to-medium-term measures to explore
alternative revenue streams and ensure the refinery’s continued operation.
Eureka Proposed Solutions
Rehabilitating Storage Infrastructure: Currently, TOR boasts of a storage capacity of approximately 60 tanks designed for various products and loading Gantries for bulk road vehicle loading. However, a significant portion of these tanks is in disrepair, hindering TOR’s ability to fully
optimize its storage capacity. Roughly 20 storage tanks with a combined product capacity of about 250,000MT are currently unfit for purpose.
TOR charges fees for three key services—Storage, Loading Gantry, and Pipe Transfer—at rates of
$5, $7, and $3.5 per month, respectively. The non-availability of these tanks for storage results in substantial revenue losses for the company, estimated at $1,499,880 per month. Loading Gantry and
Pipeline transfer systems with specific allocated volumes of 110,000MT and 140,000MT
respectively, could potentially results in revenue accruals of some estimated $1,260,000 per month
when put into active use. Collectively, the potential monthly gross revenue for the three revenue
streams is about $2,759,880. TOR must therefore deploy proactive efforts to engage prospective oil
companies for business.
Strategic Business Partnerships and Tank Rehabilitation: Urgent consideration must be given to
forging strategic business partnerships where TOR can provide ullages to interested Oil Trading
Companies (OTCs), Bulk Distribution Companies (BDCs), etc., and lease out underutilized tanks to
clients willing to refurbish them. A portion of the revenue accrued can then be allocated to cover the
cost of tank repairs. This initiative allows TOR to operationalize these idle assets and generate
substantial revenues from them as well guaranteeing a continuous cash flow for the refinery
irrespective of the status of the core business.
In conclusion, Tema Oil Refinery must be committed to addressing its short-to-medium term
financial challenges with resolve and innovation by exploring third-party storage services, optimizing
storage infrastructure, and fostering strategic partnerships, TOR’s aim must not only centered on
navigating its current financial distress but also establish a robust and sustainable financial
foundation that secures the future of the refinery and contributes to the growth and stability of
Ghana’s energy sector.
For further information or enquiries kindly contact
Energy Policy Analyst, Eureka Energy Solutions Ltd.
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