Transnet boosts jet fuel supply as railway line repairs begin

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Transnet has begun repairing its rail line between Durban and Gauteng
Transnet has begun repairing its rail line between Durban and Gauteng
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Following the floods in KwaZulu-Natal, Transnet is adding 20 million litres of jet fuel to its supply between the National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Natref) and OR Tambo International Airport as its railway line repairs begin.

The state-owned company currently transports 14 million litres of jet fuel per week, through the National Multi-Product Pipeline, from Durban. 

"To supplement the weekly supply, 20 million litres of imported jet fuel has been injected into the pipeline in Durban, and is expected to reach Natref on 18 May 2022," said Transnet in a statement on Saturday. 

The jet fuel, which Natref will store in its tanks, will boost supply by an average of five million litres per week for the next month.

Transnet is one of many South African companies whose operations were hit hard by the flooding. 

"The single rail line operation between Durban and Gauteng is expected to be restored by 9 June 2022, with the double line operation to be fully restored by 30 September 2022," said Transnet. 

The ports, rail and pipeline company further explained that it is looking into medium- and long-term solutions to ensure security of supply.

Transnet has also started loading jet fuel at Matola in Mozambique, with those real services suppling OR Tambo International Airport with one million litres of jet fuel. 

"The current jet fuel volume is 17.8 million litres, with the expected consumption of 2.6 million litres per day. Jet fuel stockpiles at OR Tambo International Airport are currently at 5.1 days (which is within the target of five to seven  days)," said Transnet.


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