NGL Factory

(Sist oppdatert: 29.05.2013)

NGL's factory was originally commissioned as Ghana State Farms Corporation on 14 March 1969 comprising of a palm oil mill with a capacity of 9 tonnes FFB per hour and a maintenance/garage workshop.

Norpalm ASA took over all operational responsibilities in September 2000 when the average annual processing was 30-40,000 tonnes FFB per year and an oil extraction rate (OER) of 12%.

Between 2003 and 2013 the palm oil mill has been upgraded to 30 tonnes FFB per hour capacity. Key equipment presently includes:

 

No.                          Equipment Year Commissioned
     
1  60-tonne electronic weighbridge   2000
     
2  40-tonne weighbridge 1969
     
3  2x5-tonne sterilisers 1991
     
4  2x5-tonne hoists 2008/2012
     
5   2x20/30-tonne per hour thresher assembly complete   with feeders 1991/2013
     
6  2xfruit elevators    1991
           
7  3x15-tonnes digesters and presses       2003/2003/2012
     
8  2x60-inch double decked circular vibrating screens                             2003/2003
     
9  60m3 continous settling tank 2011
     
10  clean oil tank 2011
     
12  clean oil purifiers 2012
     
13  2x20m3 sludge tanks  2012
     
14  2xsludge centrifuges 2008/2011
     
15  high speed alfa laval centrifuge 2002
     
16  cake breaker conveyor 2008
     
17  depericarping unit and fibre separation cyclone 2012
     
18  nut polishing drum 2012
     
19  2xnut silos 1991/2008
     
20  2xripple mills 2008
     
21  dry shell separating system and cyclone 2004
     
22  hydrocyclone 2008
     
23  20-tonne per hour steam boiler 2005
     
24  1200KVA steam turbine 2008
     
25  450KVA diesel generator 1998
     
26  3xStorage tanks (combined capacity of 1,000 tonnes) 1969/1969/1991
     
27  500 KVA diesel generator (CAT)
2013
     
     

 

The palm oil mill processes an average of 80,000 tonnes (2012) of FFB a year to produce 13,000 tonnes of high quality palm oil (CPO) and 1,750 tonnes of palm kernel oil (PKO). By products include palm kernel cake (PKC) and palm kernel shells (PKS).

From 2013, NGL's mill will process more than 600 tonnes of FFB per day, or 16,000 tonnes per month, in the peak season. This will ensure adequate milling capacity to cater for the numerous independent farmers within NGL's catchment area.

There is a laboratory to monitor the efficiency of the machines and the quality of the products.

There are also mechanical, electrical and vehicle workshops in the factory, providing maintenance services to the palm oil mill, company vehicles and buildings as required. The workshops also serve as training grounds for engineering students in tertiary institutions in the Central and Western Regions.
 

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