New tank farm planned for Port of Ngqura

2017-12-06 06:02
Progress on road infrastructure for the future OTGC tank farm.Photos:SUPPLIED

Progress on road infrastructure for the future OTGC tank farm.Photos:SUPPLIED

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PROGRESS has been made on the Port of Ngqura’s establishment as a new petro- leum trading hub for Southern Africa, ahead of the planned decommissioning and rehabilitation of the existing liquid bulk facilities at the neighbouring Port of Elizabeth.

According to a statement released, a sod-turning ceremony is expected in January next year to mark the start of the construction of the new Oil Tanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) tank farm and new main access road.

The fabrication of the tanks and optional LPG bullets is scheduled to start in April next year.

“Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has completed the critical design work associated with the new tank farm infrastructure and constructed a new access road from the N2 highway to the 20ha site where OTGC will be constructing the new tank farm,” the statement read.

The statement said a new port entrance plaza and pipeline servitude will be constructed that will form the link between the new tank farm and the Port of Ngqura, adding that tenders would be issued in January next year for the tank farm bulk earth works package and the main access road construction package to Berth B100.

TNPA chief executive Shulami Qalinge said these developments signal progress in TNPA’s plans to clean up terminal facilities and free up land in the port for future commercial and tourism development, while enabling Ngqura to play a vital role in securing South Africa’s future fuel supply.

The new storage facilities and marine infrastructure at Ngqura will help support SA’s overall petroleum demand projections, which call for significant investments in tank storage infrastructure.

“Phase one of the liquid bulk facility will provide approximately 155 000 cbm of storage capacity for refined petroleum products and a maximum of 718 600 cbm by the end of phase two, depending on customer commercial requirements,” the statement read.

“The new liquid bulk terminal will also replace the tanks currently in use in the port, which will be decommissioned and the land redeveloped. The new, modern facility is expected to service the oil majors, new entrants into the South African oil industry, as well as international traders – all supporting the local shipping industry, while also creating socioeconomic benefits and will boost the Eastern Cape’s economy.

“Besides generating local jobs during the construction phase of the project, the facility will provide permanent positions in the long term. It will promote skills development in the construction industry, empower local BBBEE businesses and stimulate additional tax income and increased revenues for local business,” the statement read.

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