ADEN REFINERY VISIT - SEPTEMBER 2007
Whilst visiting Aden in September, Jackie, Don, Aidan and I were given permission to visit the Refinery which proved to be one of the highlights of the whole trip.
The Refinery Executive Director, Mr Fathi Salem Ali, generously allocated time, from a busy schedule, to meet with us. Once there, we were introduced to Mr Ibrahim Khalaf Hassan Ali who is the Refinery's Public Relations Manager. Ibrahim remembers many of the British employees and their families as his father was a senior staff member during BP’s tenure. Incidentally, the Hassan Ali family still live in their Surrey Street home!
Along with a tour of the Refinery, we were also allowed into the Power Station. You will remember that the Power Station and flare were focal points for us back then. Jackie, in particular, was delighted to have access to an area that was his father’s workplace for 20 years. Amazingly, John Degg’s office has remained unchanged and Jackie readily posed for a photo sporting “hard hat” whilst sitting at his father’s old desk. On site, we met a number of employees who worked with Jackie’s father and remembered him well. Great memories.
Photographs of our tour are shown below together with a brochure illustrating the present Refinery and its operations. We met many people that day and were not able to note their names but to all of you "thank you" for your kindness and the warmth you showed us.
Please click on the thumbnails for pictures of the visit
The Aden Refinery will be commemorating 50 years of operation in 2008 and celebrations are planned for the event.
A brochure detailing the Aden Refinery Company operations can be found at the follow link >> Aden Refinery
A special thanks to Fahd Arasi for helping with the engineering staff's names.
Jonathan Wilkins Nov 2007