Puma Energy’s new fuel storage facility in Richards Bay has officially started operations along with the start of aviation fuel supply to O.R. Tambo International Airport.
The facility was constructed in response to increased demand for refined products, driven by great need for higher grade fuels. In a statement the company says the terminal will secure energy supply to the market as well as creating jobs.
It will also ‘unlock the potential’ of the Richards Bay Port, the neighbouring industrial development zone and the KwaZulu-Natal region as a whole.
The facility has a capacity of 46 million litres for diesel at a minimum of 50ppm, mogas 95, JetA1 and liquid paraffin.
This facility in South Africa is in addition to the opening of the 110 million litres Matola Storage Terminal in Mozambique – the company’s second largest storage capacity in Africa.
Additionally, Puma started operations at the Johannesburg airport on January 1 2017. With fuel being transported by road and rail – security of supply has significantly improved for JetA1 into O.R. Tambo International Airport thanks to the new supply routes from these two terminals in Maputo and Richards Bay.
Jonathan Molapo, COO of Puma in Africa, says: ‘When we entered the South African market at the beginning of 2016, we outlined an aggressive plan to fulfil our growth strategy.
‘Matola and Richards Bay facilities are evidence of the momentum we have achieved in a very short space of time. These represent flagship operations for Puma Energy’s infrastructure investment to link local demand with international supply.’