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Okianus Terminals expansion commences in Colombia

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The infrastructure expansion works at Okianus Terminals, Colombia, have been inaugurated, with which the self-sufficiency of the national LPG market with imported product will be guaranteed.

"In this way, the expansion project (Stage II) of the port that guarantees the national supply of LPG is put into operation," explained Alejandro Martínez Villegas, President of the Colombian LPG Association - GASNOVA.

According to Sergio Corena, General Manager of Okianus Terminals, this port infrastructure with its main headquarters in the industrial zone of Mamonal, in the city of Cartagena, is specialised in the storage of liquids and LPG: “We offer logistical and port support services for all type of liquid bulk, in a sustainable way, with highly trained personnel; as in this case with the Stage II expansion, where we seek to facilitate the means for the importation of LPG based on the projected deficit for the national market.”

The initial storage capacity of this terminal was 400 000 gal. (that is, approximately 700 t), but with the so-called Stage II - Expansion Project, the storage capacity is increased by 1 000 000 gal., for a total of 1 400 000 gal. (2600 t). With this new capacity, Okianus guarantees monthly imports of up to 16 000 t. The works were developed by Okianus Terminals and the G5 Consortium, made up of the companies Norgas, Chilco Distribuidora de Gas y Energía, Vidagas - Empresas Gasco, Almagas and Montagas, which are part of the Colombian LPG Association - GASNOVA.

“The expansion of this terminal contributes to ensuring the supply of a fuel that is key to the energy transition, a policy that we have been leading from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, because it reduces CO2 emissions by 21% and the number of particulate matter by 81%. In addition, due to its physical properties, it is a versatile fuel that can be used in homes for cooking food, generating energy and for more sustainable transport”, said the Vice Minister of Energy, Miguel Lotero.

Likewise, in this terminal, the positions for loading tanker trucks are increased from 5 to 10 positions, which doubles the evacuation capacity during peaks in which it is necessary to increase the imports of LPG that are required to meet the needs of the national market.

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