Jet fuel tanks are to guarantee supply

A contractor has started work on an $11 million tank project in Barranca, Puntarenas, that will benefit airlines that use the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia.

The national petroleum company, Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A. said that the contractor, ISIVEN, C.A., has begun the site work with excavations at its existing tank farm.

The project calls for two 25,000-barrel tanks that will hold jet fuel. There also will be a loading system to handle the petroleum, as well as a smaller tank, said the company.

The storage facility is supposed to be in service by March 2015.  The jet fuel moves across the country by pipeline from the Caribbean terminal. The tanks are designed to guarantee a supply for the users of the airport. The petroleum monopoly said that this is important for development and tourism.

The airport has grown in importance as more and more air flights travel from foreign destinations directly to Liberia.

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