My work at Petrogas is over … The project has been successfully completed. Fortunately, everything has been carried out without major accidents … Of course, much remains to be cleaned up and residual material to be removed, but our task to process all free phosphorus into phosphoric acid has been completed.
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the farewell has been very sober, but I have spent the last year with good colleagues who worked in an unreliable installation. As an operator it is a nice challenge to burn phosphorus and phosphorus sludge in an old improvised, worn-out, exhausted and unreliable installation.
Fortunately, there was always a colleague who was able to come up with an inventive solution to a problem that arose. We always managed to keep the installation running with duck tape, tywraps, band-it, linatex, hose clamps, electrical bridges and a lot of curses and rants.
The responsible managers sensed when to act and when to look the other way, a trait that cannot be learned, but only arises through experience …
I wish all colleagues a good and healthy future!
Most of my Thermphos-photos can be found here .