Omišalj – On 11 March 2014, Croatian Minister of the Economy, Mr. Ivan Vrdoljak commissioned three newly storage tanks for crude oil storage at the JANAF’s Omišalj Terminal.
JANAF Plc. invested into the storage tanks with related infrastructure approx. HRK 274 mil. Total capacities of the newly built storage tanks are 240.000 m3 and thus, by their construction, the total crude oil storage capacity at the Omišalj Terminal has been raised to 1.000.000 m3 (until now, the crude oil storage capacity was 760.000 m3).
Those three constructed storage tanks represent the first phase of realization of the entire project of reconstruction-upgrade of the Omišalj Terminal storage tank farm. The project includes the construction of eight (8) new crude oil storage tanks in total, with the capacity 80.000 m3 each (640.000 m3 in total) and oil products storage tanks of the total capacity up to 100.000 m3 with related infrastructure.
The Omišalj Terminal is of special strategic importance for both JANAF and Croatia given its possibilities of crude oil imports from the Middle East, the Caspian region, the Black Sea ports, African countries and other, thus enabling to the refineries security of supply, as well as choice of cheaper and higher-quality crude oil. Until present, for the crude oil storage at the Omišalj Terminal twelve (12) storage tanks have been used, having the total capacity of 760.000 m3. Moreover, six (6) storage tanks for oil products are located at the Terminal, with the total capacity of 60.000 m3 as well as road loading facility.
“The energy sector in Croatia is already now one of the most important investors and thus consequently also the driver of the entire economy, which is shown also by this example of national investment of HRK 274 million. Besides the upgraded storage tanks that JANAF has recently constructed in Zagreb and those on the island of Krk, as well as other significant energy projects, we have been realizing the key energy goals that will ensure to Croatia the stability of energy supply and the cheapest possible energy sources for our citizens and industry. Now, the conditions are created, and the JANAF’s projects play the key role here, for Croatia to become the energy hub of the wider region, as well as of the Central and Eastern Europe. I have to seize this opportunity to point out once again that Croatia is trying to do even much more. By upgrading the existing and by constructing new gas and oil routes and capacities, LNG terminals, by exploiting hydrocarbons from our sea and land, by increasing all HEP’s (Croatian electricity company) potentials, but also by necessary development of INA as energy player, we make route for country’s different and better energy future and strengthen it as key energy hub”, said Mr. Ivan Vrdoljak, Minister of the Economy, while putting into operation new storage tanks.
“The development of JANAF and localities on the island of Krk in terms of export and import port for crude oil, is of vital interest for positioning Croatia as energy important country on the European map, but it also applies to the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County in the Croatian framework, as the starting point of energy routes, as well as traffic and energy crossroads”, pointed out Mr. Zlatko Komadina, Prefect of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.
“The construction of three crude oil storage tanks marks the completion of the first major JANAF’s investment in this year. New capacities are intended for storage of compulsory oil reserves. By this project, the obligations from EU directives and Croatian legislation are fulfilled as regards enhancement of crude oil supply security. I am glad that these investments have also been realized in cooperation with the national consortium, which confirms that we have knowledge and possibilities even for such demanding construction undertakings, while taking the special account of protection and safety of the environment, humans and equipment”, said DSc. Dragan Kovačević, Chairman of the JANAF Management Board.