Limassol port is set to undergo major development works as DP World – one of the operators of the port – undertakes the role of providing on-shore support for energy giants ENI and ExxonMobile.
ENI and ExxonMobil are expected to begin hydrocarbon exploration in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the next eight months.
The company EDT has constructed a temporary Drilling Fluid Plant in the port which supports current exploration efforts by TOTAL/ENI in block 11 of Cyprus’ EEZ and once operations are completed the plant will be dismantled.
DP World manages the commercial and passenger terminals in Limassol Port as well as the future off-shore drilling support infrastructure which will be needed.
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The plans make provision for the construction of the logistic base and the Drilling Fluid Plant within the confines of the port and will cover some 11,500 square metres.
The plans include the construction of mixing tanks, liquid storage reservoirs, external storage facilities for bulky equipment, covered storage for equipment and dangerous waste products, offices, parking and a pipeline system to load and offload the rig supply ships and the loading of material’s silos.
The construction of the onshore supply depot will depend on the relevant environmental impact study which will look investigate five aspects of the project’s construction.
The study will focus on the physical, chemical, biological, socioeconomic and other impacts the project will have on the area.
Furthermore, the study will ensure that the construction falls within the parameters of the local law as well as that of the European Union and international accords signed by Cyprus while making suggestions for the use of alternative technologies to lessen any impact on the environment.
The environmental study will also seek to ensure and where necessary suggest environmental management procedures and the same time make suggestions for the total elimination or minimising the environmental impact during the implementation of the project.