Mr. Richard Wood, the British Minister of Power, arrived by helicopter at Angle Bay, Wales,?
Mr. Richard Wood, the British Minister of Power, arrived by helicopter at Angle Bay, Wales, Apr. 20, to unveil a commemorative plaque at the formal opening of the British Petroleum Company's new oil ocean terminal. This gives further emphasis to the importance of Milford Haven as the main British harbourage for the largest oil tankers.
At the jettyhead to meet Mr. Wood was Commodore R. G. Mott, master of the "British Queen", who is retiring from the company's service. The "British Queen", flagship of the BP tanker fleet and first of eleven 50,000-ton vessels ordered for crude oil shipment, was discharging her cargo.
Air views show the GBP6 1/2 million installation, which comprises a jetty with two deep-water tanker berths each capable of accommodating vessels carrying 100,000 tons of crude oil at any state of the tide, and a 62-mile pipeline to the company's refinery at Llandarcy, near Swansea.
Great care has been taken to blend the Angle Bay installation - passing on 2 million gallons a day - into this pleasant countryside. It incorporates Popton Fort, now housing the administration offices. The pipeline, 18 inches in diameter, runs underground throughout its length. Engineers laying the line had to overcome a multitude of obstacles: 112 major and minor roads, a canal, railways, underground aqueducts, and 37 large and small rivers.
Angle Bay has a capacity of 5 million tons of crude oil a year, which can be boosted by additional pumps to nearly 9 million tons. Llandarcy at present calls for about 3 million tons a year.
Esso opened a deep-water terminal at Milford Haven last year, situated on the north shore which is less sheltered from gales. Esso are refining their crude oil on the spot and distribution is by coastal tankers.