The Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Aaron J. Wheagar, has urged the public not to panic as a result of the recent unfortunate incident that took place at the entity facility on the Bushrod Island in Monrovia.
Mr. Wheagar stated that his entity (LPRC) will remain committed to the Liberian Market by supplying quality products and ensuring that supplies do not run out on the market.
The Deputy LPRC Manager spoke to this paper recently in an exclusive interview at his head office, on the Bushrod Island in Monrovia.
According to him, though there was spill of gasoline at the facility, when one of its mini storage tanks burst open, but there are still enough products (gasoline) that would serve their customers from now and throughout the festive seasons of Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Though the LPRC boss clarified that his entity lost 75,000 gallons of petroleum products, sources close to LPRC told the paper that the tank leakage caused the company the loss of thousands of dollars’ worth of petroleum products and more than that amount of gallons that the Deputy LPRC boss stated.
He stated that LPRC service men fought gallantly to retrieve about 30,000 gallons, which is mixed is contaminated.
Wheagar further stated that the 75,000 gallons was part of a consignment of 300,000 gallons that was in the entity’s storage. “Out of the 75,000 gallons that spilled out, we were able to retrieve 30,000 gallons, but they are contaminated with water,” he added.
“So Super Petroleum, Amanita and Total decided to give us some of their storage tanks to keep these products in, but we are not going to sells it to the public right now,” he intoned.
“This incident does not have any effect on the petroleum market, and I can assure you there will be no gasoline shortages on the market, Wheagar assured.
The LPRC boss for operation further stated that the recent incident has shown them that they need to accelerate the rehabilitation of various tanks at the facility.
He indicated that the tanks were built in the 1950s and nearly all of them are old and no longer useful.
“Our contractor (Motherwell) has built three new tanks for us, but we still have lots of work to do at the facility, so we are calling on the Government, and the 53th National Legislature to help us implements these projects on time,” he pleaded.
However, the LPRC boss added that in order for Liberia to have fuel security, they need to build more new storage facilities for petroleum products.