New RECOPE dock improves the country's competitiveness in port matters

Sunday, September 2, 2018

This press release from the Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery was published using an automatic translation system.

The President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, visited on Saturday the new pier specialized in the Port Terminal of RECOPE in Moin, a work that will contribute to reaffirm and give sustainability to the country's competitiveness in port matters.

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The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Rodolfo Méndez Mata, also participated in the event; the Minister of Environment and Energy, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez; and the President of RECOPE, Alejandro Muñoz; as well as high hierarchies of the Executive Power, deputies of the province and the Mayor of Limón.

With an investment of $ 112 million, this is the first dock type dukes of Alba built in the country. The work was carried out by the Mexican-Costa Rican consortium ICA-MECO (ICA Ingenieros Civiles Asociados of CV- Constructora Meco SA).

The new infrastructure will receive ships that transport hydrocarbons, which will speed up the importation of finished products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel A-1 and bunker, among others.

By having two port posts and a greater berth capacity, all the fuel and asphalt import logistics will be streamlined to efficiently meet the national fuel demand, which on average increases by 2% per year.

From the engineering point of view is an innovative work, composed of eight dukes of Alba that allow to extend the length of berthing up to 200 meters, which is the extension of the breakwater, and by increasing capacity, it is possible to dock ships of 80,000 tons deadweight (560,000 barrels of product).

This could generate savings in the payment of import freights, since the current receipt capacity, which is 40,000 deadweight tons, is doubled.

The existing Post 5.1 will continue to operate to facilitate the berthing of asphalt and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) ships.

The extension of the breakwater, one of the main components of the port, generated an area of ​​protection for the structures of the dock, which gives greater security to the maneuvers of docking and undocking. This is important considering the adverse weather conditions that may occur at any time.

As an added environmental value, the breakwater also protects the western reef of the Isla de Pájaros, which in turn protects nearby islands that were previously affected by the sediments carried by the Moín River.

Strategic benefits:

  1. Guarantee the energy security of Costa Rica
  2. To ensure and improve the import logistics of the fuels that the national market demands and that the country requires for its development.
  3. Have two specialized docks for the berthing and unloading of ships that transport fuels.
  4. Reduce delays and berthing difficulties caused by adverse weather conditions.
  5. Reduce the cost of freight scales by using larger ships.
  6. Optimize the National Fuel System.