INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC & TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH VOLUME 2, ISSUE 9, SEPTEMBER 2013 Industrial Users 7.5%
4. RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONS 4.1 Key Players in LPG Distribution in Ghana The key players in the distribution of LPG in Ghana include Bulk Distributing Companies (BDCs), Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketing Companies (LPGMCs), Bulk Oil Consumers (BOCs) and consumers (Figure 3). Bulk Distributing Companies get LPG supply from Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and other countries to augment the supply from TOR. Bulk consumers like offshore companies, national securities, Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO), Volta River Authority (VRA) and many more receive the supply mostly from OMCS. Bulk Consumer Companies sometimes receive a direct supply from Bulk Distributing Companies. Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketing Companies serve as the main link between consumers and OMCs because OMCs are companies who have the license to procure and sell petroleum products to the general public through retail stations.
Commercial Users 17.5%
Domestic Users 75.0%
Figure 4 Categories of LPG Users There are many uses of LPG worldwide but the inhabitants of Tarkwa use LPG basically for three main purposes; which are cooking, fuel for vehicles and welding. About 77.5% of the respondents use LPG for cooking whilst 15% use LPG as fuel for vehicles. The rest (7.5%) use LPG for welding purposes (Figure 5).
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Percentage of Respondents
Figure 3 Key Players in LPG Distribution in Ghana
Figure 5 Main Uses of LPG
4.2 Major Users and Uses of LPG The users of LPG were categorised into three, namely; commercial users, domestic users and industrial users. About 7.5% of the respondents were identified as industrial users; 17.5% were commercial users whilst 75% of the respondents were domestic users (see Figure 4). This reveals domestic users as the major users of LPG in Tarkwa.
In spite of this, reasons for the diverse use of LPG for specific purposes are different from each individualâ€™s point of view. People use LPG rather than other fuels due to reasons like reliability, efficiency, environmental friendliness, convenience, affordability and many more. In this study, respondents were asked to rank the reasons why they buy LPG. Out of the 320 views sampled, 17.5% of the respondents were of the opinion that LPG is less pollutant to the environment whilst the majority (45%) of the respondents interviewed agreed that LPG is very efficient. 37.5% think it is economical/cheap (Figure 6). 8