Breakwater begins with firm foundation

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo is putting in a 200-meter breakwater at its Caribbean petroleum terminal as a first step to doubling the capacity.

The state petroleum monopoly said that the 656-foot breakwater is being made with large irregular concrete chunks fabricated from steel molds here. These are the heart of the breakwater, but they will be covered with other materials.

Building the new part of the terminal is a Mexican-Costa Rican consortium involving Ingenieros Civiles Asociados and Constructora Meco S.A.

The project will boost the handling capacity of the refinery to about 560,000 barrels of crude, which is a vessel with an 80,000-ton load, double what can be handled now.

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