Construction of Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo and Transnet National Ports Authority's new liquid bulk tank terminal In the Port of Ngqura has started with the turning of the first sod.
This comes ahead of the planned decommissioning and rehabilitation of the existing liquid bulk facilities at the neighbouring Port of Port Elizabeth, which will pave the way for Ngqura's establishment as a new petroleum trading hub for southern Africa.
The new facility will provide storage and marine infrastructure to support the overall petroleum demand projections for South Africa.
Liquid bulk products will be transported to the Port of Ngqura via ship and piped to the tank terminal prior to local supply and/or local and global re-export. The new facility will service the oil majors, new entrants into the South African oil industry as well as international traders – all supporting the local shipping industry.
Civil, mechanical and electrical contractors will be appointed shortly.
Mkhuseli Faku, chairman of OTCALULO, says: 'Having been awarded the concession to develop a liquid bulk storage and handling facility in the Port of Ngqura, OTCALULO is now embarking on the first phase of construction.
'The terminal will be built to the highest international safety standards and provide exceptional service to its customers. OTCALULO looks forward to becoming a contributing member of the Nelson Mandela Bay community and expects to continue on its growth path in the years ahead.'
The terminal will comprise 790,000 m3 of capacity. Phase 1 will cater for dedicated jetty pipelines, bulk storage for up to 200,000 m3, road loading with a vapour recovery unit, firefighting facilities and site drainage facilities. Provision has been made for the receipt, storage and distribution of LPG.
Operations at the terminal are due to start at the end of 2020.
Shulami Qalinge, chief executive of TNPA, adds: 'The new tank terminal will develop the Port of Ngqura's liquid bulk capacity for commodities such as petroleum, diesel, jet fuel, illuminated paraffin and liquid petroleum gas. Once operational, the terminal will facilitate substantially increased throughputs over present volumes handled at Port Elizabeth due to Ngqura's deeper draught, which allows it to handle much larger vessels.
'The allocated 20 hectares site also provides ample space for future expansion of the terminal.'
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