Oil-Storage Disaster Intensifies Cuban Energy Crisis

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

The disaster, which the government said was sparked by a lightning strike on Aug. 5, destroyed half of the oil-storage capacity at the industrial port of Matanzas, some 50 miles east of the capital Havana. The 2.4-million-barrel Matanzas terminal is Cuba’s main logistics center for imports, storage and distribution of fuel, and the only port equipped to handle the supertankers used for shipping oil.

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