Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has praised the launch of the Buckeye Beach Beautification project, saying he is pleased to see the company continuing its corporate social responsibility.
Chastanet joined government officials and the visiting team from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) last week for the official commissioning of the project.
Writing on his official Facebook page, the PM observed that the initiative, which is open to the public, comprises a beach volleyball court, a small goals soccer pitch and a concrete cricket strip for sports enthusiasts.
“Picnic goers will enjoy the 8 outdoor concrete tables and seats along with 2 barbeque pits,” he observed.
According to Chastanet, the facility also includes washroom facilities, recycling bins and has been beautified with the planting of flowers.
“A wonderful project! Hats off to the Management and Staff of Buckeye for implementing this project,” the Saint Lucia PM wrote.
He described Buckeye Saint Lucia, purchased from Hess in December, 2013, as a valuable crude oil storage and transshipment facility located in the Southern Caribbean with close proximity to producing Latin American countries like Colombia and Brazil.
“Saint Lucia offers ~9.3 million barrels of crude oil storage and an additional ~1 million barrels of refined products storage (mostly distillate fuels). One VLCC-capable dock can berth the world’s largest vessels, while an additional dock is available for smaller refined products vessels,” Chastanet disclosed.
He noted that with its breadth of capacity, Saint Lucia is an attractive option for build or break-bulk operations for crude oil, as well as a staging location for regional refined products supply.