Oil and LNG terminal operator Klaipedos Nafta (KN) has signed an agreement with UAB Elektrenu Energetikos Remontas on the reconstruction and adaptation of two tanks for bitumen handling. They are scheduled for completion in 2H21. The value of the contract is €2.1 million. The investment project is planned by the company in order to increase the efficiency and flexibility of the oil terminal in Klaipeda by adapting the existing infrastructure to new cargoes.
The existing two 4200 m3 tanks, in which fuel oil with water impurities were previously stored, will be adapted for the handling and storage of a new product – bitumen. Product unloading pumps will be installed near the tanks, which will pump hot (150 – 160°C) bitumen from the tankers into the tanks, store them and later transfer them to tankers.
Bitumen is used in the production of roofing, road construction, etc. According to the KN's Commercial Manager, the bitumen planning was not chosen to expand the existing terminal, but to adapt the existing tanks to the new product. This will save time, as the construction of new tanks would take longer than the reconstruction of the existing ones, and the goal of making optimal use of the existing terminal infrastructure has been achieved. During the last 4 years, KN has invested about LTL45 million in the Klaipeda oil terminal. Last year, the company started operating a new tank farm, the volume of which increased by 120 000 m3, and currently stands at 575 000 m3.
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