Larnaca mayor Andreas Vyras said Tuesday the conditions were now right for the relocation of the petroleum and LPG facilities from the coast to Vasilikos to take place.
Vyras said that the relocation of the facilities has always been a priority for the city of Larnaca.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the government and the fuel companies who own the storage facilities to move them to the new terminal by December 2019 and to gas stations around Cyprus by December 2020.
Vyras said the government and the companies were working tirelessly to move the units by the set date to the Vasilikos industrial area, where works have already begun.
He also added that “two companies decided not to immediately go ahead with their own facilities in Vasilikos, but two other companies are rapidly undertaking construction projects to build their own in the area, which are likely to be completed within the agreed date.”
Regarding LPG facilities, he said that a consortium of three companies is at an advanced stage of securing a building permit and has already commissioned the main equipment, while a fourth company is doing its own independent work.
Vyras added that, in accordance with the MoU, “there are delays in some projects, which, however, can be justified because we received assurances from the private companies that they will eventually be absorbed and will not impact the completion of the project.”
“The municipality of Larnaca is closely monitoring developments in the relocation of the petroleum and LPG facilities and is ready to intervene if necessary.”