Larnaca’s mayor on Wednesday applauded approval by the environment service of Hellenic Petroleum’s application to demolish its liquid fuel tanks on the coastal front and said the municipality is next week expected to issue the relevant permit.
“Once the permit is secured, the company, Hellenic Petroleum, will immediately proceed with the demolition of their facilities and the restoration of the surrounding area,” Mayor Andreas Vyras explained.
The demolition includes dismantling all buildings, pipelines, tanks and machinery which are part of the company’s petroleum storage and distribution facility on the Larnaca – Dhekelia road.
Hellenic Petroleum had submitted an application for the demolition of its facilities at the beginning of January 2020 after it was decided to move the operations to Vasilikos. In July, the company submitted an environmental impact study to the government which has now been approved.
“The municipality of Larnaca issued the permit for the demolition of the tanks of ExxonMobil and we expect the demolition permit of Petrolina to be issued within January,” Vyras went on to say.
In a few months from today, he added, the demolition of the oil tanks on the coastal front which have been empty for some time will be completed.
“We expect that by June – July next year, all the facilities related to LPG will have been transferred to Vasilikos and Larnaca will finally breathe freely.”
“2021 will be the year in which Larnaca will not sleep with the great risk of a major natural disaster which could have been caused by dangerous oil and gas installations.”