Oryx Iberia, the Spanish subsidiary of Swiss group Oryx Energies, is planning to expand its 220,000 m3 terminal in the Port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.
The Las Palmas terminal has supplied fuel oil and gasoil to ships owned by Oryx associates and third party customers in West Africa since 2014, and the new expansion will add gasoline and jet fuel capabilities. Subject to receiving the necessary permits, the first phase of the expansion, which will cost €25 million, is expected to be commissioned in February 2023.
The company has formally submitted proposals to the port authority to add 11 new tanks and associated equipment, including blending facilities and pipes for ship loading and discharge. The Oryx Group, Oryx Iberia and the port authority have been cooperating for almost a year to develop the plans in order to ensure that the development has a positive impact on the local community and operates to the highest safety and environmental standards. As part of the plan, the Port of Las Palmas authority will extend the Nelson Mandela jetty further south by almost 250 metres, to support the increased activity.
‘This project reflects the long-term investment commitment of Oryx Group to the Canary Islands and the Port of Las Palmas as a strategic location for the supply of petroleum products,’ says the company.