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TNPA liquid bulk facility progresses at Port of Ngqura

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has updated stakeholders at an engagement session regarding progress made on establishing the Port of Ngqura as a new petroleum trading hub for southern Africa.

TNPA has already completed Phase 1 of the infrastructure required to service the site. It includes the construction of a new access road to the location where Oil Tanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings (OTGC), the private terminal operator, will build a new tank farm. TNPA also completed the detailed design of the new port entrance plaza and the new main access road, including the pipeline servitude that will form the link between the new tank farm and the port.

Phase 2 will commence in November, which includes the landside development – forming the link between the tank farm and the berth. The port authority will provide infrastructure for the new OTGC tank farm by equipping berth B100 to function as a liquid bulk berth. It will also construct a new access road from the tank farm to the berth. TNPA will provide all the associated services and construct a new port entrance on the eastern side of the Couga River.

According to the build, operate and transfer (BOT) agreement, OTGC will plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate the new liquid bulk handling facility in the port. The concept engineering design and the relevant surveys have been completed and construction is due to start next month. The design caters for 200 000 m3 of bulk storage and final total capacity of 790 000 m3. The planned commissioning is at the end of 2020.

Phase 1 will cater for dedicated jetty pipelines, bulk storage for up to 200 000 m3, road loading with a vapour recovery unit (VRU), firefighting facilities and site drainage facilities. Provision has been made for the receipt, storage and distribution of LPG.

The infrastructure will be designed to provide the following services – to accommodate vessel sizes of up to 100 000 DWT, road loading facilities, inter-tank transfer/recirculation facilities, stock accounting in real time, office facilities for customers and an independent laboratory.

OTGC is a majority South African owned Level 1 BBBEE company.

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