Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. has officially began operations of two 300,000-barrel fuel storage tanks at its facility in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, following a $50 million investment.

Total Petroleum Puerto Rico general manager, Pierre-Emmanuel Bredin, said: “This expansion makes us more competitive because up to today we had to have the tanks almost empty to receive a new ship with fuel because it arrived just in time and sometimes caused the ships to stay out at sea so while the tanks were emptied in the terminal to make room. That involved an operational cost, but that will disappear now and we will have a better operation.”

An innovation in the connection design of the two new tanks allows any overflow to move to the second tank. This feature reduced the need to build an outer cover of greater containment, a breakthrough for future company projects of a similar nature.

The project was initially tendered and won by the local contractor Lord Construction, which began its work in January 2017. The construction had been scheduled to be completed and put into operation in March this year.

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8th April 2019