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Completion of Turnaround Maintenance Extends to July

TOR’s turnaround maintenance which started in March 2017 and expected to be completed in June will now extend to July 2017. This is due to extensive damage of plant and equipment following TOR’s inability to undertake the normal 18 to 24 months turnaround since 2009.

The extent of damage requires additional spares for repair works.

Currently, the maintenance team is awaiting other critical spares such as air grid, vacuum circuit breakers, and mechanical seals, among other vital parts to complete all outstanding jobs including re-tubing of boiler 6, reactor-regenerator works, old crude heater furnace and a lot more. Nonetheless, about 71% of repair works have been completed at RFCC, 39% at CDU and 39% at Utilities.

The maintenance team is working around the clock to complete repair works by mid July to enable TOR become fully operational.

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TOR Participates in Energy Summit

Tema Oil Refinery participated in the Ghana Energy Summit held at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City in Accra to contribute to discussions in shaping the future of Ghana’s Energy sector.

The two day programme was organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy and was on the theme The future of Energy in Ghana.

The summit brought together over 300 delegates in the industry, local and international business leaders and civil society organizations as well as policy makers to exchange ideas and share experiences to promote the sector.

The summit featured an exhibition by the various agencies under the Ministry of Energy. TOR used the opportunity to engage the public to tell its story, and created awareness on the viability of the refinery.

 

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New Board Tours Processing Plants

TOR’s new Board of Directors has been conducted around the refinery’s facilities for a familiarization tour of the company’s operations following its inauguration.

They were conducted around by Mr. Julius Ogo, the Shift Manager on Duty

The tour created a platform for the Board to engage with staff of the various divisions and departments on issues of concern.

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Minister of Energy Assures new Board of his Support

The Minister of Energy, Hon. Boakye Agyarko has assured the new Board of Directors of TOR of his unflinching support to ensure TOR works again.

The Minister made this known when he swore into office the new Board Members.

He also tasked the new Board of Directors of TOR to identify and set strategic imperatives to revitalize the company for the needed growth.

Tongurean Kugbilsong Chairs TOR Board

Tongurean Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang has been sworn in as the chairman of the re-constituted Board of Directors of TOR. Tongurean, also known in private life as Robert Nachinab Doameng Mosore worked at TOR for close to three decades and has vast knowledge and experience in the oil and gas industry.

The Minister of Energy administered the Oath of Office and the Oath of Secrecy to the chairman and members of the board at the swearing-in ceremony held at the Ministry’s conference room in Accra.

The members of the Board include Mr. Isaac Osei, Dr. William Abayaawiea Atuilik, Mrs. Edith Sapara-Grant, and Mr. Seth Achamfour-Yeboah. The rest are Mr. Leon Kendon Appenteng, Hon. Kofi Brako, Mr. John Boadu and Nene Abayaateye Amagatcher.

Tongurean Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang is expected to use his vast experience in the industry to drive his team to ensure TOR is revamped.

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TOR shuts down for turnaround maintenance

The refinery has temporarily shut down its processing plants for turnaround maintenance. The routine maintenance will improve plant reliability and ensure the efficiency and durability of plants and equipment.

The maintenance is scheduled to run from March through to June 2017 and involves the safe shutdown of all the production units, cleaning of all the columns, exchangers and vessels, as well as the overhauling and upgrade of major equipments.

While much has been spent in the turnaround, it has however, created additional temporary jobs within the period.

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Mr. Isaac Osei is New Managing Director of TOR

Mr. Isaac Osei is the new Managing Director of Tema Oil Refinery. He replaces Mr. Kwame Awuah-Darko, who was appointed in 2015 to head TOR.

He previously worked as the Chief Executive Officer at Ghana Cocoa Board where he improved the operations of the company. He served also as Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, and was a Member of Parliament for the Subin Constituency for 8 years

He brings his unique mix of corporate and political experience combined with his rich expertise in economics and commodity trading to bear in his new role as the MD of TOR.

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