HALIFAX: A spokesperson for Irving Oil says the company will better serve its Cape Breton customers as the result of a purchase involving an inland storage facility in the Strait area.

Irving officials confirmed earlier this month that they had acquired four inland storage facilities in Port Hawkesbury, New Glasgow, Yarmouth and Bridgewater from Valero Energy Incorporated. Expected to close before the end of the year, the agreement will see Irving assume control of a combined capacity 21,000 barrels of gasoline, diesel and home heating oils.

“Our presence in Port Hawkesbury means we can be a more efficient supplier to the Cape Breton region,” Irving Oil public affairs official Samantha Robinson told The Reporter last week.

“The suite of distribution terminals we purchased provides us with a strong supply network across all of Nova Scotia, and having these terminals close to our customers allows us to serve them better.

Other Irving representatives described the acquisition as a move designed to assist Irving Oil’s distribution of energy products to customers throughout Nova Scotia, using the Halifax Harbour Marine Terminal as a primary supply point.

“Nova Scotians need a reliable supply of energy they can count on in order to do business and take care of their families,” stated Mark Sherman, Chief Operating Officer for Irving Oil, in a company press release.

“After an $80 million investment to reopen the Halifax Harbour Terminal, we’re proud to invest in our backyard in Nova Scotia, creating a network that will enhance our offerings to our customers in the region.”

These sentiments were echoed by Irving Oil’s director of delivered energy, Louis Labelle.

“Irving Oil has proudly served Nova Scotia for more than 80 years,” Labelle pointed out.

“This investment reflects our confidence in, and long-term commitment to, Nova Scotia and all of Atlantic Canada as we continue to ensure a safe, secure and reliable energy supply to the region.”