The contract to rehabilitate the Product Storage Terminal (PST) on the Bushrod Island seems to be on course as construction work in various phases takes place. There are serious work going on at the Terminal with a fire water tank already erected and several tanks for the storing of petroleum products also being erected. According to report from the Project Section, the fire water tank which will be used to fight fire, will last for 50 years and there is a laboratory for the testing of petroleum products nearing completion.
It can be recalled that a contract between the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, (LPRC), and the United Kingdom based company Motherwell was signed in October, 2011, in Monrovia. The contract which cost US$ 22.4 Million will bring to the fore a state-of-the-art- technology as there would be more job opportunities that would certainly boost the economy. The rehabilitation exercise will also increase storage capacity from 45,000 Metric Tons to 60,000Metric Tons.
There will be 14 tanks rehabilitated and there is a great wall being erected where the community will be protected when there is a spillage. There are quite several protective measures being put in place as the contract is no doubt a highly rated one that would raise the profile of the company and as well bring to the fore good tidings to the country.
With Motherwell sub-contracting a Liberian company, West Construction that is responsible for the concrete work, the project is ongoing at a quick pace with Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, II recently indicating “we are pleased with the work of Motherwell, and it is our hope that such project will be completed in a 36 month period”.
The PST located on a 12-acre facility will according to Mr. Williams have a strategic reserve that will be from 15 to 45 days with the project expected to greatly benefit the entire country.
“A lot is taking place as it relates to the Motherwell project and we are sure of meeting our goals,” Project Manager Gbleh-bo Brown noted recently.
In a separate chat with Operations Manager Joseph Dennis, three new tanks will be built. “There will be one tank for gasoline with a capacity of 60,000 barrels, one tank for fuel with a capacity of 65,000 barrels and one tank for jet fuel with a capacity of 35,000 barrels,” Mr. Dennis indicated.
The Operation Manager also stated that there will be a slop tank built which will be used to store accidental Spillage from the loading rack and tank farms. He further said that the spillage from these areas will be directed through drainage. This he revealed will be drained and pumped into the slop tank. “Such mixed products or Spillage are useful to factories like the Breweries, Saw mill, etc. that could be sold to them,” Mr. Dennis narrated.