The first phase of Vopak South Africa’s expansion programme in Durban has been taken into operation.
A total of 19 existing small tanks were removed and replaced with eight larger storage tanks, swelling capacity to 234,200 m3.
The programme aims to expand and enhance Vopak’s infrastructure to facilitate the supply of South Africa’s increasing demand for petroleum products and therefore improve the security of fuel supply and facilitate the import of cleaner fuels to the country.
Following a decision in 2012 to increase Vopak’s fuel storage capacity at its Durban Island View operations, it was quickly established that land availability in the Port of Durban is limited and that a lateral expansion was not feasible. Therefore, Vopak South Africa was forced to increase its storage capacity on its existing leased land.
The first phase of the project went live during a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte.