Petroleum investment: Nigerian company completes storage tanks
All Petroleum Products - Sierra Leone Company has announced the completion of the refurbishment of eleven storage tanks with two more tanks expected to be completed in the coming weeks in order to have a 60,000 metric tons capacity ready to kick start their trade.
The company is poised to contribute to the development of the country's economy with its multimillion dollars investment which is in an advanced stage. A team of Nigerian Experts from Owo Welds and Structural Engineering Group in Lagos completed the refurbishment of the state of the earth fuel storage tanks.
Managing Director of APP-SL, Patrick John O’Dwyer: “We are happy that they have completed eleven out of thirteen storage tanks. The two massive storage tanks have capacities of 41,000 and 21,000 metric tons.”
The Managing Director revealed that four of the eleven tanks were expanded to increase their capacities. "Owo Welds is a very reputable company in Lagos. We are happy that the team was very honest and capable in completing its job in Sierra Leone,"' and furthered that the team has transferred skills to Sierra Leoneans that are now in a better position to carry out maintenance when the need arises. "We are now left to kick start our civil works after the completion of the storage tanks. Preparations are ongoing to do bond walls to protect the storage tanks, we are doing our perimeter fence, yard clearing, fabrication of steel for the gantry and we are expecting about fifty containers of our pieces of equipment including standard pipes to complete the jetty and our works yard," he said.
He spoke about the intension of his company to bring in a viable option to the existing oil marketing industry with quality services and products that will curtail fuel shortage in the country.
“Our company will be in a proper financial footing and by next year, we will make fuel shortage a thing of the past. This will be of great benefit to the nation, and many Sierra Leoneans will be trained and employed,” he noted and thanked the President and his government for providing the space for them to operate.
Lucky David Onikhena of Owo Welds Company assured that they have done a good job that will last for decades. He thanked the Sierra Leonean team that supported them and prayed that the investment achieve its desired goal.
Other company officials expressed nice sentiments about the good work done by the Nigerians. The company is now looking forward to the Ivorian Team to complete the two massive storage tanks soonest.