Maybe we need more discussion of local topics here and not only on FB pages. It is so sad to see this Plan B for storing Heavy Fuel Oil at Te Amo beach. Anyone believing this is really a “temporary” action is seriously mistaken.

Plan B at Ti Amo.

Yesterday, an official communiqué of the Public Entity of Bonaire announced a new action plan to secure the supply of heavy fuel oil (HFO) essential to the production of electricity and drinkable water in the island.

Due to the Venezuela-related sanctions, both Curoil and Contour Global obtained general licenses from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury last year. These OFAC licenses will expire on the 31st of March 2020.

In response, the Oil Steering Committee in Bonaire decided to take two emergency measures in the short term.

1. A Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) transhipment terminal will be built near Ti Amo Beach, at the airport pier of the Flamingo International Airport. Two pontoons will be added for the service of HFO to Contour Global Bonaire.

2. Curoil is in charge of the storage and supply of diesel for the electric power plant.

It is clearly stated twice in the communiqué that these measures are temporary, like the OFAC licenses are. However the Oil Taskforce* has a "structural solution" for the future, consisting of two new Oil transhipment terminals in Bonaire to get rid of the dependency on Venezuelan supply at the BOPEC terminal. (1.)

If yesterday we evoked Plan A in Hato for freight, now we have Plan B in Ti Amo for oil transhipment. A pontoon being essentially a floating structure, it is supposed that the transhipment terminal at Ti Amo will be a dock supported by two pontoons anchored with pilings to keep the structure steady.

By Olivier Douvry,
Fondation Hydriades, Paris.

* The Oil Task Force is a partnership between the Public Entity of Bonaire, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK), the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) & The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW) of the Netherlands.