Oil Storage Disaster Intensifies Cuba’s Energy Crisis

Cuba brought a major fire under control that raged for five days at its main oil storage facility, consuming four of eight tanks and seriously hampering the country’s ability to import and store fuel for its ailing electrical system.

The disaster, which the government says was triggered by a lightning strike on August 5, destroyed half the oil storage capacity of the industrial port of Matanzas, about 80 km east of the capital La Havana. The Matanzas terminal, with a capacity of 2.4 million barrels, is Cuba’s main logistics center for imports, storage and distribution of fuel, and the only port equipped to accommodate the supertankers used to transport fuel. oil.


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