CONSTRUCTION HISTORY


Central Crude Oil Tank Farm (CTR) in Nelahozeves

In 1994 – 1998, oil storage capacities consisted of four tanks, each for 50 thousand m3, and six tanks, each for 100 thousand m3.

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Commissioning of oil storage capacities

CTR construction stage I – July – August 1994

4 tanks, each for 50 thousand m3, marked H03 – H06


CTR construction stage II – November 1996 – April 1997

4 tanks, each for 100 thousand m3, marked H01 – H02 and H7 – H08


CTR construction stage III, finished in January 1998

2 tanks, each for 100 thousand m3, marked H09 – H10


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Upon finishing the construction of the tanks H01 – H10, the storage capacity at the central crude oil tank farm achieved 800 thousand m3 of crude oil.

Expansion of the central crude oil tank farm (RCTR) in Nelahozeves

The construction “Expansion of the central crude oil tank farm I“ (tanks H21 – H24, each for 125 thousand m3) was done in 2001 – 2004.

In July 2000, MERO ČR, a.s. won the tender for the construction of crude oil storage capacities, which was one of the conditions for our accession to the European Union at that time.
As part of the extensive investment plan “Expansion of the central crude oil tank farm I“ and “Expansion of the central crude oil tank farm II“, oil storage capacity of the central tank farm was gradually expanded by 6 additional over-the-ground steel storage tanks, each for 125 thousand m3.


Preparatory works for the construction

Preparatory works for the construction The pre-investment preparatory phase of the construction included the following tasks: Buying up lands, hydrogeological surveys of the future construction site, preparing partial steps of project documentation, review of the project in terms of its impact on the environment (EIA opinion), territorial and building administrative proceedings. Before initiation of the construction, a tender was also announced for the selection of contractors in accordance with the Public Tenders Act.


Construction Progress

In terms of technology, the construction of new oil storage capacities was fully connected to the CTR operational units implemented and commissioned in 1994 – 1998. Some technologies, fire protection and security systems have already been modernized.

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Construction and commissioning of new oil storage capacities

Construction of the storage tanks H21 and H22 including appropriate technologies was done from March 2001 to August 2003, which is also when testing operation was initiated, and the permit for their permanent operation was issued two months later.
Construction of the tank marked H23 including related technological units was in progress from March 2001 to January 2004. Testing operation of this part of the construction followed, and permanent operation, given that the testing period showed no problems.
Construction of the tank H24 including connections to the technology of the central tank farm was commenced in July 2002 and finished in August 2004. Subsequently, this stage of the construction was also approved and switched to permanent operation.


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The first part of CTR Nelahozeves expansion works was thus completed. With the completed construction of the tanks H21 – H24, storage capacity of the central crude oil tank farm reached 1,300 thousand m3 of crude oil.


Construction “Expansion of the central crude oil tank farm II“ (tanks H11 – H12, each of 125 thousand m3) took place between 2006 – 2008.

Based on an amendment to the agreement to protect national material reserves concluded by and between ČR SSHR and MERO ČR, a.s., which was signed in 2005, oil storage capacity in the Czech Republic was to be increased again.
At this time, MERO ČR, a.s. had obtained all valid decisions necessary to initiate the construction of further oil storage capacities, such as a positive EIA opinion, the territorial decision and the building permit. A tender was thus announced immediately in accordance with the Public Tenders Act, as a tender in excess of limits defined by legal regulations. for expansion of the central crude oil tank farm in Nelahozeves II, construction of the tanks H11 and H12.
Besides others, implementation of the expansion of the central crude oil tank farm II included complex modernization of the stable fire protection facility (FPF) of the tanks installed in 1994 – 1998, modernization of the FPF control system, and modernization of electronic fire protection of the tanks.

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Construction and commissioning of additional oil storage capacities

Construction of the oil storage tank marked H11 including appropriate technologies and their connection to the central crude oil tank farm was done from July 2006 to May 2008, which is when the permit to initiate testing operation was issued. Construction of the storage tank H12 including technology connections was also done starting from July 2006. Testing operation was initiated in September 2008. Both tanks were approved and their permanent operation was initiated in December 2008. With the completed construction of the tanks H11 and H12, oil storage capacity of the central crude oil tank farm was increased by additional 250 thousand m3 of oil.

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Currently, storage capacity of the central crude oil tank farm in Nelahozeves is 1,550 thousand m3 of oil.