17 February 2010

Ghana: TOR Engineers to the Rescue

The Managing Director (MD) of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Dr. Kwame Ampofo, has congratulated workers of the refinery, especially the engineers, for their dedication, commitment and ingenuity towards their work.

According to him, the workers deserved to be commended for their commitment towards their work, after constructing two loading gantries, one for Residual Fuel Oil (RFO) and the other for Aviation Fuel, otherwise known as ATK, out of their own initiative within a period of one week.

He explained that when fire gutted the loading gantries at the refinery a couple of weeks ago, the management was supposed to refurbish the damaged gantries at a cost of over US$10 million, but the engineers pooled their expertise together, and in one week fabricated two gantries, one to load RFO and the other ATK.

"What we were supposed to have done, was to refurbish the destroyed loading gantries, which would have cost us over US$10 million, but out of our own ingenuity and understanding of the work, our engineers have developed a number of gantries to do what the destroyed ones would have done," he said.

Speaking in an interview with The Chronicle last Friday, Dr. Ampofo explained further that the gantries were expected to have started loading tankers to supply the market effective that day.

Dr. Ampofo pointed out that all the materials used to construct the two loading gantries were picked up from the warehouse of the refinery, an indication of the fact that they did not spend a pesewa buying anything for the project.

He was of the opinion that the public deserve to know what the hard working TOR workers had done for the refinery, because anytime there was bad news about them, the media did not hesitate to make it known.

He hinted that at present, the loading gantry which the refinery was using to load premix fuel for our fisher-folks, was also fabricated the same engineers.

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