Western Regional Minister Dr. Kwaku Afriyie has unveiled a new boiler for the Benso Oil Plantation in the Mpohor District at a cost of 2.5 million dollars.
This brings to three the number of boilers at BOPP.
The new boiler which was procured from a Malaysia based company Minsec Limited will catapult the factory’s palm oil production from 400 to 600 tonnes per a day.
According to the Maintenance Engineer at the site Evans Garbin, it became necessary for the factory to bring on board an additional boiler to help speed up processing of palm fruits.
It is also to eliminate waste.
According to him before the addition of the third boiler the company was processing 11 to 13 tonnes of palm fruits an hour which was not enough.
“We had two plants which were only able to operate at 20 tonnes per hour which is not enough during our peak session in the months of March and July so most of the palm fruit go waste. So there was the need to build a new mill with a higher capacity so that we can process more of the palm fruit. With this new boiler which processes 25 tonnes per hour day our capacity to process more palm fruits has been enhanced”.
He added that the new boiler will save the company 1.7 million Ghana cedis a years as the boiler does not take power from the national grid.
This he explains that, the steam that the boiler generate is used to power a 1000 kilowatt of power which is used to power the boiler, hence in the period of power outages their operations will not be halted.
Dr.Kwaku. Afriyie who was on a tour of the company commended BOPP for the initiative.
He is hopeful that with the new boiler more people will be employed.
“I am very optimistic that you will produce more and expand your market to other neighboring countries to rake in more foreign exchange for this country and recruit more natives to curb the prevailing challenges of unemployment in the country”.
He however pledged using his office to advocate for their needs to government and also promote a business friendly environment for BOPP to thrive.
BY STEPHEN CUDJOE