Burgan Cape Terminals, an independent fuel storage, distribution and loading terminal, has opened in the Port of Cape Town.
The new facility is now fully operational after receiving its pilot consignment of diesel in the first week of July. It was also tested before it became fully operational.
The facility, located at the port's eastern mole, is the new facility for cleaner fuels and will help with security of fuel supply in the region.
It has a total capacity of 122,000 m3 across 12 tanks and it can store diesel, petrol, FAME and ethanol for blending and jet fuel. It will also offer the option to blend bioethanol and biofame.
The facility is designed to recieve fuel product by sea, store it, and distribute it by truck. It will provide an essential alternative for local fuel supply, and will significantly reduce the chances of fuel shortages previously experienced in the region.
Construction work started in 2015 after the Transnet National Ports Authority awarded Burgan a 24-year lease to develop the facility.
Rob Nijst, CEO of major shareholder VTTI, says: 'The black-empowered, independent storage facility will play a critical role in strengthening the country's security of fuel supply, energy flexibility and will enable South Africa to benefit from the latest and cleanest fuels.'
The terminal's jetty can accommodate vessels of up to 50,000 DWT, and product will be loaded into trucks for onward distribution by a fully automated loading rack. The facility expected to load more than 36,000 trucks in its first year. Burgan Cape Terminal has accelerated transportation of the sector with its inclusion of emerging black-owned, independent fuel suppliers and contributes to energy as one of the key commodities in driving economic growth.
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