MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (August 31, 2011) – Equatorial Guinea recently partnered with Dutch storage-facilities giant Royal Vopak to develop a crude oil storage terminal that will optimize distribution on the island of Bioko, home of the nation’s capital.
Royal Vopak is the world’s leading independent provider of conditioned storage facilities for bulk liquids, operating in 31 countries worldwide and providing storage and transshipment services at 80 terminals worldwide.
The continuous investment in the oil sector plays a significant role in the government’s efforts to drive the country closer to become an emergent and sustainable economy by 2020.
“This partnership will increase the importance of Equatorial Guinea as a strategic economic and energy distribution hub in Central Africa and theGulfofGuinea,” said Delegate Minister for the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima. He continued to say “the investment and continuous development of the oil sector is a top priority of the Government.”
The partnership will allow the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy to distribute crude oil fromEquatorial Guinea to other countries and vice versa. This project will improve the storage, processing and distribution of oil in the country, starting with theisland ofBioko.
Earlier this month, Equatorial Guinea partnered with Energy Allied International to develop the petrochemical sector in the country.
About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country’s oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.
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