The Government will Invest Billions to Build a "Oil Jetty" in Albion
28 December 2012 - lexpress.mu
Announced the construction of a wharf, exclusively dedicated to petroleum products in the area of Pointe-aux-Caves, Albion, will be financed by the state. Objective: To decentralize the activities of Port Louis and, in passing, restart the CT Power Project.
The government plans to invest several billion rupees in the construction of a wharf in the area of ??Pointe-aux-Caves, Albion.
Which should facilitate the docking of large ships and tankers carrying fuel indicate sources close to the government.
Among the immediate benefits of this project: it will move the file to the coal plant, CT Power, provided in the region.
This dock does not aim to make it easier for CT Power, prevents a close case. He says it is about building tanks for the storage of petroleum products. Which will decongest the port area, especially with the increased activity of transhipment of goods.
Moreover, the construction of the dock will not require major dredging.
" The area of Pointe-aux-Caves is located in ultra-deep water without problem and facilitate the docking of very large ships for the landing of goods , "says our source.
For CT Power, this project will settle the impasse in which it finds itself, the construction of the plant with a delay of more than two years.She should get his license Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), expected in September, by early 2013.
One of the conditions before granting the permit was, in fact, the construction of a dock for unloading coal to fuel the plant. Which would require an additional investment of at least Rs 1 billion in the project of approximately Rs 6 billion.
CT Power aspired to sell power to the Central Electricity Board (CEB) up to 50% cheaper than independent producers. But with the amount required for the eventual construction of a wharf, it should review its selling price. And a meeting between the CEB and the proponents of CT Power, this month, ending on a high note " negative , "said the Express, a senior CEB Wednesday.
To avoid this additional investment, developers proposed to use the land for the transportation of coal from Red Sea Pointe aux Caves. An option rejected by the Ministry of the Environment.
Referring to the risk of congestion on roads by trucks heading to the station.