Oiltanking MOGS Saldanha has completed the commissioning of the first phase of its new crude oil terminal in the Port of Saldanha Bay in southwestern South Africa.
The first phase of the development has nine tanks with a total storage capacity of 1.6 billion m3, 9.9 million bbl. It can blend crude oil and can be connected to an existing jetty with a draught of 20.5 m capable of handling very large crude carrier (VLCC) vessels. So far ten vessels have used the jetty. Phase two of the development would bring the total capacity of the terminal to 2.1 million m3, or 13.2 million bbl.
The Oiltanking MOGS Saldanha joint venture comprises German tank storage company Oiltanking, South African infrastructure firm MOGS and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa.
‘With the completion of this project we offer a new range of services in terms of crude oil logistics. I would like to thank our first moving clients entrusting us with the handling of their valuable products. The project would not have been successful without the teamwork displayed by all parties involved. I would specifically like to thank [Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon] WBHO, as our main contractor, as well as the subcontractors, all other stakeholders and Oiltanking MOGS Saldanha colleagues for the hard work that made us reach this milestone in a joint effort,’ says Dirk Exalto, CEO of Oiltanking MOGS Saldanha.