Why does Bonaire need a new fuel terminal?
The existing storage facilities on Bonaire are outdated and will soon no longer meet safety standards. This poses risks to people, animals, the environment, and indirectly to the local economy, as electricity, water supply, and transportation depend on fuels.
Why still invest in fossil energy?
Fossil energy is currently a necessary component of stable energy generation. Solar or wind energy cannot provide sufficient energy at all times throughout the year or day. Additionally, fuels are still needed to refuel cars and airplanes.
What is BBT doing to reduce dependence on fossil energy?
BBT actively invests in the expansion of sustainable energy sources, such as solar and wind energy. BBT is a 50% owner of the solar panel park and its associated batteries, and is preparing to renew and expand the windmill park. Through these investments, we contribute to reducing the dependence on fossil energy.
Where will the new fuel terminal be built?
After extensive research and consultation with local authorities, the location south of the airport was chosen for the new terminal. The existing pier can be used for tank supply, eliminating the need for construction in the sea. This location also minimizes fuel transport on public roads, as a part of the storage is designated for aircraft refueling. The new terminal will replace the existing storage tanks of BOPEC, the airport, and Curoil (in Hato). Centralization promotes safety, efficiency, and cost control.
How large will the fuel terminal be?
The new terminal will consist of eight tanks of approximately 1000 m3 each. By comparison, these tanks are more than 120 times smaller than the tanks at BOPEC. The terminal will meet the highest safety norms and standards and will be located at least 200 meters from current or future residential areas.
BBT is 50% owner of the solar panel park, who else owns it?
International energy company ContourGlobal is also a 50% owner and sole manager of the solar panel park.
Why must the existing windmill park be renewed?
Bonaire is growing rapidly and needs more and more energy. At the same time, the dependence on fossil fuels must be reduced. Significant steps are needed in the field of sustainable energy generation. Therefore, investments are being made to renew and expand the windmill park.
What is the origin of the name Bonaire Bon Transition?
BBT was initially founded in April 2021 as ‘Bonaire Brandstof Terminals’ (Bonaire Fuel Terminals) and changed its name to ‘Bonaire Bon Transition’ in early 2024. This change reflects the organization’s shift towards a broader range of energy activities on Bonaire. While remaining fully committed to development of the new fuel terminal for safe storage, BBT is additionally working to transition to a more sustainable and diverse energy supply.
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