Pla­cen­tia oil ter­mi­nal set for ex­pan­sion

New­found­land Trans­ship­ment says changes needed to han­dle He­bron crude

The Compass - - OPINION - BY ASH­LEY FITZ­PATRICK

An en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view of a pro­posed ex­pan­sion to the oil ship­ping ter­mi­nal at Whif­fen Head, Pla­cen­tia Bay has been started by the provin­cial govern­ment.

The pro­posed changes are be­ing put for­ward by New­found­land Trans­ship­ment Ltd. and will in­clude mod­i­fi­ca­tion and ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity, to ser­vice the needs for of­fload­ing and trans­fer of oil from the He­bron off­shore oil de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to a no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the provin­cial Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, mod­i­fi­ca­tions planned in­clude “heat­ing stored crude in three ex­ist­ing tanks, pos­si­ble de­com­mis­sion­ing of two ex­ist­ing heat­ing plants, de­sign­ing a new crude heat­ing sys­tem, heat trac­ing of pip­ing be­tween tanks and the load­ing plat­form, ad­di­tion of up to two stor­age tanks with work­ing ca­pac­ity of 500,000 bar­rels each.”

The tank farm at the Pla­cen­tia ter­mi­nal cur­rently has six crude oil tanks with two load­ing plat­forms and han­dles oil ship­ments from the Hiber­nia, Terra Nova and White Rose projects.

The ter­mi­nal av­er­aged 180 ves­sels a year from 1998 to 2012.

All new in­fra­struc­ture pro­posed would come within the bounds of the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity, ac­cord­ing to the govern­ment brief.

The ex­pan­sion fol­lows a ter­mi­nal study, con­tracted by the He­bron project part­ners in 2012.

The project is open for pub­lic com­ments un­til March 13.

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