Bunker Terminal in Costa Rican Pacific

The Costa Rican state electricity and fuel companies have agreed to build a terminal for the supply of bunker fuel.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

From a press release by RECOPE :

The Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery (RECOPE SA) and the Instituto Costarricensede Electricidad (ICE), have pledged to work together in developing the Pacific Terminal project, which will allow the country to have another alternative way to import fuel which will strengthen RECOPE’s value chain in infrastructure and reduces the risk of shortages, as well as providing an alternative supply of bunker fuel for consumption centers on the Pacific coast, in particular for electricity generation in the Garabito thermal plant.

The Pacific Terminal is part of RECOPE’s 2010-2014 Strategic Plan and is a strategic project for the country's energy security, the ICE wants to execute it as soon as possible to ensure the supply of bunker fuel.

The agreement between the two bodies covers the first phase of the project consisting of, among other works:
Construction of two tanks with capacity to store 15,900 cubic meters (100,000 barrels) of bunker fuel each.
• Construction of 11 storage tanks for clean products (gasoline, diesel and ethanol).
• System for receiving tankers loaded with ethanol blended in line
• Multiboy system for loading and unloading of ships and marine lines to connect the ship with the Puntarenas operations center.
• Ground pipe lines for the transfer of product between the Barranca and the Puntarenas operations centers
• Pumping and pipeline for the transfer of bunker fuel between Barranca operations center and Garabito Thermal Plant.
• Urban connection and related auxiliary facilities.



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