Ministry of Energy and Petroleum
|Jurisdiction||Government of Ghana|
|Headquarters||Accra, Greater Accra|
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The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (Abbreviation: MoEP) is the government ministry in charge of extending and ensuring a continuous supply of energy services to every division of the Ghanaian economy in an energy sufficient, environmentally friendly manner.
Functions of the Ministry
The function of the ministry is to improve the distribution of electricity across the country, especially to communities and towns in rural Ghana. The ministry seeks to encourage the participation of the private sector in the development of energy infrastructure and secure future energy supply.
The minister for energy and petroleum is the head of the ministry and is directly accountable to the President of Ghana. The position is politically appointed and approved by parliament of Ghana. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah has been the sector minister since the Mahama administration government in 2013.
The ministry has increased the number of towns and communities on the national grid as well as improved the quality of supply of electricity. In 2002 the Tema Oil Refinery in Tema was fitted with a residual fuel catalytic cracker. This was to allow for the recovery of additional refined products from fuel oil that were previously wasted. In 2003, it completed and commissioned a 161 kilovolts transmission line to supply the Prestea to Obuasi. The ministry also advanced policies on deregulating the petroleum sector in Ghana. Under the Rural Kerosine Distribution Improvement Program, the ministry financed the fabrication and distribution of 700 kerosene tanks for each of the country's 110 districts. The ministry distributed televisions and installed solar panels in 160 Junior High Schools in all ten regions of Ghana to enable school children in rural communities to watch the weekly Presidents Special Initiative on Distance Learning Program while in school. This is to promote teaching and learning in schools that do not have an electricity supply.
Agencies under the ministry
The ministry has oversight responsibility over certain agencies. They include:
- Ghana National Petroleum Commission
- Volta River Authority
- Petroleum Commission Ghana