London: Puma Energy has opened what it says is the “world’s largest” conventional buoy mooring (CBM) system for loading and discharging fuel at its Fishing Port storage terminal at Luanda, Angola.
The CBM is able to accommodate vessels of up to 225,000 dwt and draft of up to 19.3 metres, which includes some VLCCs.
The mooring has bi-directional flow and a nominal product transfer rate of 4,000 cbm per hour on both lines.
“We constantly assess new and strategic infrastructure investment opportunities which help us provide safe, reliable and cost effective supply, storage and distribution solutions to our customers,” Pierre Eladari, CEO of Puma Energy, said in a statement today.
“This new CBM facility in Luanda provides security of supply to and from Angola as well as Africa.”
Storage capacity at Puma’s Fishing Port terminal is currently being expanded to 276,000 cbm.
Puma Energy entered Angola in 2004 as a partner for Sonangol, Angola’s national oil company. It now operates four businesses in the country, which consist of Pumangol Bunkering for marine fuel, AngoBetumens for bitumen storage and distribution, a petrol station network and fuel wholesaling business.