Progreso’s new fuel terminal was damaged and trees uprooted…
PROGRESO – The strong winds that accompanied the cold front number 14 arrived with gusts that exceeded 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour), damaging three of the five tanks under construction at the fuel terminal under construction in the Port of Progreso. Also a fishing boat was stranded on the beaches of Chicxulub, and a canvas roof in a park was destroyed and trees were uprooted in Mérida.
The fuel storage tank damage was due to the fact that the roofs and the support or reinforcement rings of the tanks have not been installed yet, fundamental parts for the rigidity of the structure. No person was injured.
According to the report of the Integral Port Administration (API) of Progreso, the deformations will be repaired in days, which will not represent a delay in the scheduled date for the completion of the project, in May 2018.
“Once the roofs and the support or reinforcement rings are complete, and when the welds are finished, the tanks will be ready to operate with the highest safety standards dictated by national and international standards. The final structure will support category 5 hurricanes, even greater than what is established in the Wind Design Manual, issued by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE),” the API stressed.
The work under the supervision of the company Kiewit, one of the largest in North America and a highly respected engineering and construction organization, in partnership with the Mexican GIA, which has more than 20 years of experience in building and development of infrastructure.
In Chicxulub Puerto, due to the strong winds the fishing boat “Langostero de Progreso III” ran aground 15 meters next to the right side of the fishing pier. Likewise, the canvas roof of the Morelos Park, in Progreso, was removed due to the risk that this damaged structure represents for the community. In Merida, the strong winds knocked down a flamboyan tree at Francisco de Montejo colony, which left without electricity the whole neighboring area.
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