The last step before the removal of ExxonMobil’s petroleum facilities from the town of Larnaca is go through the Environmental Authority, which is expected to proceed with an Environmental Impact Assessment Study (EMP) in December. The study will look at the dismantling and demolishing of the storage and fuel distribution terminals of the company.
The estimated completion time is about 194 days and includes planning, site preparation, demolition and restoration work. The main conclusion from Qualitylink’s study is that the implementation of the proposed project can be carried out within an environmentally acceptable framework. The project consists mainly of dismantling and demolition work. There is the know-how and experience for the main tasks (tank dismantling, gas-freeing, removal of materials containing asbestos) to be carried out.
Regarding the cleaning of tanks and pipes, it is noted that this is a procedure followed by ExxonMobil regularly. All relevant environmental, safety and health protection provisions are based on good practices that are used at ExxonMobil’s facilities worldwide.
The removal of materials containing asbestos will be carried out by an experienced, licensed contractor that will implement a removal plan, which has been approved by the Department of Labour Inspection. All demolition work will be carried out within the boundaries of the terminal, with the exception of one pipe. This pipe will be removed by an experienced and skilled contractor, in an environmentally friendly process. Reducing, managing and transporting waste will take place on the basis of national laws and good practices used by ExxonMobil, worldwide.
Taking into account the environmental impact of the implementation of the project, the study group has made suggestions and proposals aimed at mitigating and minimising these impacts.
These proposals include all ranges of work and will have to be adopted by the contractor of the project to a maximum extent possible.
ExxonMobil Cyprus Ltd was created in 2001, following the merge of the two energy and fuel giants Exxon and Mobil Oil. The two companies have more than 50 years of presence in Cyprus and within the fields of importing and distributing fuels, lubricants and other chemicals.
The proposed project concerns the decommissioning and demolition of ExxonMobil Cyprus Ltd’s storage and transportation facilities in Larnaca. The total area of the terminal is approximately 7.6 hectares and is located between the Dhekelia-Larnaca road and the Mediterranean Sea.
The terminal of ExxonMobil Cyprus Ltd is divided into five pieces/areas.