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WAPA and Vitol Take Delivery of Next Two Propane Tanks on Thursday

(Wednesday, February 18, 2015)

On Thursday, February 19, two more of the ten propane storage tanks to service the St. Thomas-St. John district will arrive at Crown Bay from St. Croix’s Container Port.

WAPA Executive Director Hugo V. Hodge, Jr. said today that the company coordinating the movement of the tanks on WAPA’s behalf will begin the transport of one of the tanks at 6 a.m. on Friday. “We are mindful that two cruise ships are scheduled to call at the Monsanto Terminal on Friday brining thousands of passengers to the area. We have scheduled this early morning movement operation and we intend to be past the Crown Bay marine terminal by 6:30 am so as not to interfere with the cruise ship arrival and passenger debarkation process.”

He said once the tank is in place a determination will be made as to whether to transport the second tank at the end of the day on Friday once the cruise ships depart the port or wait until early Saturday morning.

On Monday and Tuesday, the first two tanks were transported from the Crown Bay dock to WAPA’s propane facility atop Grambakola Hill which overlooks the power plant in Krum Bay.

As with the previous movement operation on Monday, Hodge encouraged anyone attempting to traverse through the Sub Base area while these tanks are being positioned, to pay close attention to the directions of the posted flagmen and law enforcement officers that will be directing traffic flow during this operation.

The empty storage tanks have been temporarily stored at the Container Port on St. Croix since their arrival in July 2014. In October, the first eight storage tanks were transported from the St. Croix Container Port to WAPA’s Estate Richmond facility.

All of the tanks will be installed with 100-percent redundant safety mechanisms and will be encased in earthen and concrete “mounds,” storing propane on-site at the power plants on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

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