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|Pleased With Progress: Motherwell, LPRC Tour Rehab of Product Storage Terminal||| Print ||
|Written by Danesius Marteh, email@example.com|
|Tuesday, 06 August 2013 23:22|
Monrovia - The Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) and Motherwell Bridge Limited (MBL) of the United Kingdom have expressed satisfaction about the ongoing rehabilitation of the product storage terminal (PST) on Bushrod Island.
n a guided tour of the site on Tuesday, journalists were shown the PSTs that will hold jet fuel, petrol and diesel; petroleum testing laboratory and close circuit television (CCTV) buildings; new tanks being erected, jetty walkway, bond wall to prevent oil spillage and or leakage and concrete pavement for trucks.
The laboratory and CCTV buildings, which are fully operational, were dedicated by LPRC managing director T. Nelson Williams, II and deputy managing director for operations Aaron J. Wheagar, I respectively.
“This is also a separate project that we are working on called the pavement project and that will help us with the dust, especially during the dry season.
“So between now and September, the concrete pavement project will be completed for the first half.
“And then by the fourth quarter going to next year, we will complete the second half and the entire tank farm will be paved.
“I just want to let you know that this not part of the Motherwell project but it is LPRC’s project to make sure that we keep the area clean and safe from the dust because the dust will destroy things like our generator,” Williams stated.
Some of the new tanks being erected are fire-water but what is the essence?
“We have two fired trucks. But in a petroleum terminal of this size, you will always need a fire protection system.
“So the fire-water tanks are the tanks that will supply the sprinklers for the water and foam.
“If you don’t know, water alone can’t put off a petroleum fire. So you need a special foam that we will get in the system plus the water and then these tanks will be the ones to supply in case of an emergency.
“There is a certain button that you will press and the sprinkler system comes on around all the tanks and suppresses the fire right away,” added Williams with a conviction that the tank farm will be saved in case of a fire outbreak.
Williams also revealed that most of the tanks have outlived their usefulness as they were built in 1953 by Chicago steel company.
The diesel, petrol and jet fuel tanks have a capacity of 65,000, 60,000 and 35,000 barrels respectively.
MBL project manager Duncan Maxwell expressed optimism that, along with local contractors, they will meet the deadline.
But Maxwell admitted that the rains have been of a little distraction to the work.
“Yes, it is when it rains heavily. Fortunately, this rainy season has been particularly dried and we have had more days working than we expected at this time of the year.
“But we look forward to September and beginning October, when the rain season is over and we can start painting tanks and we start working on the foundation of other tanks,” Duncan answered to a FrontPageAfrica’s question which Williams was pleased with.
The House of Representatives committee on lands, natural resources, environment and energy was also pleased with the ongoing rehabilitation work on July 17.
Chairman Adolph Lawrence of Montserrado, co-chairman Stephen Kafi of Margibi and member Matenokay Tingban of Nimba Counties were taken on a tour by Williams and members of the executive management team.
The environmental protection, fire fighting facility and other relevant issues were put forth to the lawmakers and were also briefed on plans to have the Ganta oil terminal (GOT) in operation.
It will be the second PST in the country.
“We are impressed with what we have seen. The issues of environmental protection, mechanism put in place for spillage control, etc. are all factors that have led to our impression,” Lawrence said while also acknowledging progresses and challenges faced by the company. For his part, Tingban said he is particularly impressed with the news of the GOT.
“It is good news that plans are underway to have the Ganta Oil Terminal rehabilitated, and that Petro Trade is expected to run the terminal after a transparent process.
“Through this, the activities relative to petroleum will be decentralized and will create a lot of job opportunities for people in various counties.
“Though there are problems like even in the great United States, the LPRC is doing quite well and is certainly on the right trajectory,” Tingban concluded.
The dateline for completion has been put at July 2015 with a cost of more than US$22.4 million, which could rise depending on expansion work.