Togo's President Gnassingbe Eyadema has officially opened his country's first oil refinery, which will cater for, not only all the country's petrol needs, but also bring in substantial export revenue.
Togo's President Gnassingbe Eyadema has officially opened his country's first oil refinery, which will cater for, not only all the country's petrol needs, but also bring in substantial export revenue. The ceremony was one of the highlights of the celebrations marking 11 years since President Eyadema took charge in Togo.
SYNOPSIS: The refinery, situated just outside Togo's capital of Lome, was built by two British companies. Two hundred and fifty technical experts from Britain, and over 800 Togolese were involved in the construction. All the electricity for the project was generated on the site, as Togo has no electrical power station of its own; it has to import electricity. For President Eyadema, the opening ceremony was a high point in the celebrations marking his eleven years as Head of State. He was greeted at the refinery by officials in charge of the project, which will be handling 100,000 tons of imported crude oil a year.
The occasion was marked with traditional dancing, in honour of the President, who came to power in Togo in April, 1967. General Eyadema, who shook hands with a large number of visitors, was presented with bottle of refined petrol from the new plant.
In a speech by Togo's Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Resources, mr. Ayite Gachin Mivedor, the assembled guests heard that the new refinery will provide all of Togo's petrol needs, and more than half the output will be left over for exporting. The exports will mostly go to Europe.