Clean cooking initiative boosted as Blue Ocean LPG Bottling Plant partners Puma Energy Ghana to distribute 15,000+ filled cylinders across 11 regions

Blue Ocean LPG Bottling Plant has partnered with Puma Energy Ghana, a leading oil marketing company to support the government of Ghanas clean cooking initiative and the safe transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by distributing more than 1,025 cylinders to six local communities as part of the plan to distribute over 15,000 cylinders by December 2024.

In sub-Saharan Africa, LPG is considered an essential component of the energy mix, where according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), an estimated 970 million people are without access to clean cooking fuels and technology and rely heavily on wood, charcoal and kerosene. These contribute to poor air quality and environmental degradation including deforestation.

According to the DGB Group, wood remains the primary source of energy for cooking and heating in many rural areas of Ghana. The high demand for fuelwood has led to the indiscriminate cutting of trees, particularly in areas with low forest coverage causing deforestation. In Ghana the use of burning biomass for cooking has led to increase in childhood pneumonia and asthma resulting in lower respiratory tract infection, which is associated with inhaling smoke from traditional fuels, and the third leading cause of death in Ghana, according to the Environmental Markets Lab (mLab).

The partnership between Puma Energy and Blue Ocean is to foster access to clean cooking providing innovative solutions to low-income households that would not otherwise have access to LPG. These initiatives aim to improve the health and environmental welfare of citizens by transitioning them from traditional fuels like wood and charcoal to cleaner, more efficient LPG.

According to the Ghana Statistical Services’ 2022 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) report about 25% of households in Ghana use clean fuel and technologies for cooking. The government is therefore actively promoting LPG use and aims to reach a 50% penetration target by 2030.

Blue Oceans cylinder distribution process aligns with the National Petroleum Authority (NPA)-led Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM) project to increase access to clean energy for cleaner cooking.

Its state-of-the-art bottling facility guarantees efficiency and safety. An automated, telescopic conveying channel moves empty cylinders through the many phases of the bottling process which includes everything from degreasing and pressure washing to weight checking, programming, leak detection and shrink-wrapping. The automated 18-head carousel fills 1200 cylindersincluding 3, 6, 12.5, and 14 kgper hour. Additionally, the plant contains a manual filling installation that can fill 36 and 52 kg cylinders and acts as a standby should the automated system fail, always ensuring 100%operability.

Over 60 Puma Energy retail outlets and fourty (40) community exchange centres will serve as distribution centres to deploy over 15,000 filled cylinders of various sizes. Currently the filled cylinders have been deployed to Puma Energys retail service stations in Nmai Dzorn, Adentan, Kissehman, amongst other places. Further distribution is expected to be carried out across communities in rural and urban areas in 11 regions by the end of 2024.

Zwelithini Mlotshwa, General Manager of Puma Energy Ghana, an affiliate of Blue Ocean Investments, emphasized the value of the partnership and the contribution of the partnership to enabling Puma Energys commitment to the clean cooking initiative. “As partners in this programme, we are committed to enabling access to clean cooking to improve the well-being of unserved communities. We believe that by reducing household reliance on harmful traditional cooking fuels, we can make a positive impact on both peoples health and the environment,” he said.

The plant guarantees safety and accessibility, it is a welcome boost to energy efficiency in Ghana and makes it possible to implement the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM) project, said Michael S. Kyeremanteng, the Operations Manager, Blue Ocean LPG Bottling Plant.

The Puma Energy Clean Cooking Initiative seeks to drive the National Petroleum Authoritys low-income African communities access to affordable, accessible and clean cooking alternatives. The programme aims to increase LPG accessibility especially and raise knowledge of the advantages of clean cooking.

Alongside governments, private sector companies, international organizations and civil society, Puma Energy joined the Clean Cooking Declaration at the International Energy Agency (IEA)s Summit on Clean Cooking in Africa in Paris in May 2024, a commitment to making 2024 the pivotal year for clean cooking.

By participating in the declaration, Puma Energy pledged to take concrete steps towards advancing the clean cooking agenda, through action on the ground, raising awareness, and fostering greater collaboration among the key stakeholders.

With our partner Blue Ocean, Puma Energy is proud to advance clean cooking solutions in Ghana too, added Zwelithini Mlotshwa, General Manager of Puma Energy Ghana We believe that LPG for clean cooking is a critical solution to Africas energy transition offering healthier and cleaner cooking alternatives that benefit both people and the environment.

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