Transnet National Ports Authority is due to start work on the second phase of a new liquid bulk facility project in November.
During an update to stakeholders, executives confirmed that phase one of the infrastructure needed to service the site of the facility, which will be developed and operated by Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings, is now complete. This includes a new access road as well as detailed design of the new port entrance plaza and the new main access road, including the pipeline servitude that will form the link between the new facility and the port.
Phase two comprises landside development, forming the link between the tank farm and the berth. The port authority will provide infrastructure for the new storage terminal by equipping a berth to function as a liquid bulk berth.
The concept engineering design and the relevant surveys have been completed and construction is due to start in November 2018. The facility will initially have 200,000 m3 of storage, with a final total capacity of 790,000 m3. The planned commissioning is at the end of 2020.
Phase one will cater for dedicated jetty pipelines, bulk storage for up to 200,000 m3, road loading with a vapour recovery unit as well as firefighting facilities and site drainage facilities. Provision has also been made for LPG storage.
In its update TNPA said that the facility has the potential to establish itself as a global transhipment and trading hub for West and East Africa. It will also reduce reliance on the Port of Durban for transhipments to coastal ports.
It is anticipated that the first phase of the project will take two years to complete and that the terminal at the Port of Ngqura will be operational by November 2020.
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