Jet fuel tank ready before beginning of high season

POSTED: 09/10/12 12:47 AM

St. Maarten – The construction of a jet fuel tank at Sol’s Cay Bay depot is currently is in phase two of the planned works. Welding the steel plates to create the 64 feet tank is done by J&F Engineering NV. Its welders are certified under the American Petroleum Industry Code 650, Sol Antilles General Manager David Antrobus said.
The company considers the 34,000 barrel fuel tank as a strategic measure to improve the inventory of jet fuel on St Maarten. “It is expected that the additional inventory will meet the demands of both the private and commercial airlines during the busy tourist season,” Antrobus said. ‘
The work is expected to be completed before the 2012-2013 tourism season providing there are no delays due to bad weather. The engineering company has indicated that the work will be completed during the month of November.
The work was stopped for five weeks from July, awaiting approval for the work permits for the specialized welders. Since then, the contractor has intensified his efforts and is confident that his team will reach the testing and completion stage within the planned time table.
During the last tourism season Sol management was severely criticized by former Commissioner Michael Ferrier because there were delays in the delivery of the fuel due to a strike at the refinery in Port of Spain Trinidad. Since then, Sol Antilles waited for the building permits for the jet fuel tank’s construction. The work began in March.

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