Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) have started construction works on a new liquid bulk tank farm at the Port of Ngqura site in South Africa.

The new facility at the deepwater Port of Ngqura owned by TNPA will support the overall petroleum demand projections for South Africa by providing storage and marine infrastructure.

It will offer service to oil majors, new entrants into the country’s oil industry and international traders, which support the local shipping industry.

OTGC’s design caters for 200,000cbm of bulk storage and final total capacity of 790,000cbm.

OTGC chairman Mkhuseli Faku said: “Having been awarded the concession to develop a liquid bulk storage and handling facility in the Port of Ngqura, OTGC is now embarking on the first phase of construction.

“The terminal will be built to the highest international safety standards and provide exceptional service to its customers.”

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Port of Ngqura manager Tandi Lebakeng said: “The new tank farm will develop the Port of Ngqura’s liquid bulk capacity for commodities such as petroleum, diesel, jet fuel, illuminated paraffin and liquid petroleum gas.

“The terminal will be built to the highest international safety standards and provide exceptional service to its customers.”

“Once operational, the terminal will facilitate substantially increased throughputs over present volumes handled at Port Elizabeth due to Ngqura’s deeper draught, which allows it to handle much larger vessels. The allocated 20ha site also provides ample space for future expansion of the terminal.”

Liquid bulk products will be transported via ship to the Port of Ngqura and piped to the tank farm before supplying locally.

Contract for bulk earthworks has been awarded and works are set to start with immediate effect.

TNPA has already completed Phase 1 of the infrastructure required to service the site, with planned commissioning expected at the end of 2020.

The infrastructure will be designed to provide services to accommodate vessel sizes of up to 100,000 deadweight tonnage.