joint mission team including NOO officials and UNDP representatives held series
of meetings at Golf View Hotel, GRA. Ikeja Lagos to discuss completion of HPMP
stage I and the Group Project under stage II. In attendance were Engr. A.I.
Idris, National Ozone Officer, Yunusa Galadima, SSO (NOO), Mr. Bert Veenendaal,
(Senior Expert Foam), UNDP, Mr. Amir William, HPMP Consultant, Egypt. The team
agreed on completion of HPMP I project at Vitapur System House and to conduct Methyl
formate end user workshop for Komaj thermoware customers. Strategies to
accomplish these were also discussed.
joint team met with Engr. Ajiri Efole, System House Manager, Vitapur who briefed
them on progress of activities at the System House on three applications
(blocks, spray and panels. He said production of Panels was ok with no
shrinkage. For Blocks, there was shrinkage. Three (3) spray trials were
conducted and there was shrinkage and cross linkage, also a drop in density. The
team agreed to conduct End-user Workshop on Methylformate (MF) Technology at
Golf View Hotel on the 25th October, 2018 and planned the presentations
to be made during the workshop. Also agreed was that after the presentations, all participants present will be
conveyed for a field visit to Vitapur plant; Individual trials of each end-user
company will be conducted. At the end of the workshop downstream end-users will
sign a letter of commitment where all Customers will be informed about legal
requirements and Technical details of the Methylformate based system. By January, 2019, it is expected that Vitapur will no longer purchase or
use HCFC-141b for their production and there will be close monitoring of
Vitapur by the NOO.
team met with Mr. Tunde Okoya from Lange & Grant and Mr. Bolaji Okoya of
Sparcle & Crystal to discuss how to organize the two companies for the
Group Project to be called Slavit and to review the budget of the project.
After several discussions, some strategies for startup of the Group project were
proposed including need for a chemist at L & G, engagement of a Consultant
for installation of a Continuous line machine and to follow-up with L & G (Rine
Overkamp), visit to Egypt for familiarization with other similar plants; among
joint mission team met with Komaj representative, Mr. Jide Taiwo who gave a
brief update on preparation for the komaj customer’s workshop scheduled to hold
on Thursday the 25th October, 2018. During the meeting it was agreed
that Vitapur should make all possible arrangement for the field visits and prepare
chemicals for trials, practical demonstration for thermoware for Komaj
team drew up the programme of events for the end-user workshop and proposed a
fact finding visit to Vitapur in order to ascertain the progress of their
activities with regards to the responsibilities vested on them for the workshop.
The Joint team visited Vitapur on Tuesday 23rd October,
2018 at around 11:00am and held a meeting with Vitapur General Manager, Engr.
Yemi Mofikoya. The purpose of the visit was to ascertain the progress of their
activities and discuss in preparation for the end user workshop. Mr. Bert
Veenendaal (Senior Foam Expert) gave a highlight on the need to complete the
HPMP-I project of the System House at Vitapur after the end user workshop and
signing of MOA with Vitapur on the system house project. In conclusion, Mr.
Bert is to draft the “MOA” and send to Engr. Idris (NOO) for review,
endorsement and sending to Engr. Yemi for onward submission to Vitapur Board
for their consideration and endorsement on the need to Phase-out HCFC-141b in
their production and to stop importation of the aforementioned ODS according to
the guide lines of the Montreal Protocol.
The workshop was organised by FMEnv in collaboration with UNDP and
was attended by Komaj thermoware customers, vitapur
representatives, UNDP consultants and NOO representatives. It started around
10:30am with registration of participants and was officially declared open by
Engr. Idris Abdullahi, who welcomed participants and gave a brief on the main
objective of the
training Workshop which is to provide Komaj customers with relevant information,
special requirements and other salient issues relating to Methylformate
technology. Presentations done include: Introduction to the Montreal Protocol
and MLF program by Engr. Idris (NOO), Polyurethane Alternatives by Bert
Veenendaal (UNDP), History of Vitapur System House by Engr. Ajiri Efiole (Vitapur) & Vitapur Market System
by Engr. Yemi Mofikoya (Vitapur). After the presentations, tea break followed
and all participants were later conveyed to Vitapur System House where
practical demonstrations on thermoware application was conducted for the end
users/customers of Komaj. The participants were returned to the venue of the
workshop where they took their launch.
With completion of the end user workshop and drafting of Vitapur
MOA for review, endorsement and signing by all Parties, Nigeria’s HPMP I has
being officially completed.
i. Bert Veenendaal is to prepare HPMP stage II
“MOA” for Lange & Grant to be ready by December, 2018 ii. Field visit to
companies in Egypt on continuous line technology for rigid foam production is
to be arranged for FMEnv and Lange & Grant by end of November
iii. Vitapur is to sign
their “MOA” on adoption of HCFC-free technology by December, 2018.
iv. There should be close
supervision of Vitapur by the NOO to ensure their compliance with the MOA they signed to stop use of HCFC 141b
for their rigid foam production.
v. Komaj is to follow up
on the statement of completion (SOC) prepared to be signed by their customers
and submit them to the NOO.