By Godwin Oritse
African Circle Limited, a marine wasteÂ Â management firm has completed work on its plant and commenced test- running of the projectÂ situated at the Niger-Dock end of the Tin-Can Island port
Speaking to Vanguard, consultant to the project, Captain Sulaiman Baiyee said that test-running began on the first day of this month, adding that every necessary detail is being put in place to ensure a smooth operation of the plant.
He explained that wastes brought to the plant are turned to other very useful items that can be reused by factories and industries.
Captain Baiyee stated that the oily waste collected from vessels that call at the nationâ€™s ports are treated and turnedÂ into a blend of different oils that are used by high temperature ovens.
â€œWe are turning marine wastes into a blend of different oils that can be reused by cement factories, brick factories and high temperature ovens.
â€œThe entire process begins with the collection of oily wastes from the vessels by our pollution waste vessels and then they are brought to the plant where the collected waste is pumped into our tanks.
â€œFrom the tanks,Â oil is separated from water and both the oil and water collected are treated through a refining process that purifies the water that is eventually poured back into the sea, while the oil is reused to fire or power the plant.â€
Besides the treatment of oily wastes from vessels, African Circle Limited also has facility that crushes metal drums into scrap metal and crush plastic wastes into pellets.
Baiyee also disclosed that the machines and equipment for the crushing of drums and plastic wastes are ready, adding that all that is left is the installation.
In the waste management plant, the solid waste section is different from the oily waste section but both are working simultaneously turning waste materials into useful items.
Speaking in a similar vein, Mr Ton Van Geylswjk, the senior process manager of G. Force, manufacturers of the plant, commended the Nigerian content of the plant, adding that the pipping workÂ done by Nigerian welders on the plant is as good as any one in the world.
With the completion of the plant, ships calling at Nigeriaâ€™s ports now have a waste facility reception to put their wastes.
Before now, vessels throw their waste into the waters, thereby threatening the aquatic life of the countryâ€™sÂ marine environment.
Captain Baiyee also disclosed that the phase two of the project will be in Port Harcourt, adding that every imperfection will be perfected in that phase.â€œThe lessons we learn from phase one will be applied in phase two in Port Harcourt,â€ he said.
The marine pollution (MAPOL) waste reception facility has three-phase module and sludge separators, vacuum bin, drum beater, first and secondary burners. It is the first world class oil waste treatment G-Force plant in Sub-Saharan Africa and has processing capacity of 150 tonnes per day.