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Fuel flows through new Transnet pipeline

2012-01-11 16:14

Heidelberg - Diesel flowed through Transnet's new multi-product pipeline (NMPP) from Durban to Heidelberg for the first time on Wednesday.

"We are now able to concurrently run the Durban to Johannesburg pipeline and the NMPP with petroleum products that will see some three million litres per hour... flowing between Durban and Johannesburg every week," Transnet group CEO Brian Molefe told reporters.

He then turned a valve linked to the NMPP to show it was carrying fuel.

The diesel took a week to travel 555km from Durban port to the Jameson Park inland terminal in Heidelberg at a speed of 6km to 7km an hour.

The 24 inch pipeline passes through three pump stations - all now completed - and over the Drakensberg escarpment.

A network of 16 inch pipes linking to the bigger pipeline has also been completed, Molefe said.

The entire R23.4bn NMPP will be finished when the two terminals are complete.

A terminal at Jameson Park and another at Island View in the port of Durban will be completed within the next 18 months.

Once complete, the pipeline will be able to transport petrol, diesel, jet fuel and gas.

Comments
  • 100002474766098 - 2012-01-11 16:56

    Nonsensical gramatical error - "that will see some three million litres per hour... flowing between Durban and Johannesburg every week" - is that 3 mil. lires a week or 3 mil. litres an hour? You cannot do both. Unless Transnet have not told us about their time machine....

      Forrester - 2012-01-11 17:12

      This cannot be 3 million liters per hour as a 24 inch pipe running at 1.5 m/s will only deliver approx 170 000 liters/hour. Running 24/7 ( which will not be the case due to multi product, change over etc) will give about 4 million litres a day or 30 million litres a week. I think it is probably 3 million litres per day (max).

  • africrealist - 2012-01-11 17:25

    no wonder we get no fuel here in KZN

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-11 17:47

    I don't like the trend of people using inches. What happened to cm? Once upon a time a sales person would tell you about a new edition 54cm TV now we talk american inches. to hell with that

      Mashudu Muridili - 2014-01-27 14:58

      those are standard pipe diameters, for some unknown historical reasons they used american units, and it is used in all pipe manufacturing industries...it wouldn't hurt if you do your own conversions, it won't take you even a minute to do so.

  • Zakhele - 2012-01-11 19:01

    EPC RFQs were issued in 2006. We qouted R 12.1 billion with possible excalation to R 16.4 billion (due to predicetd political uncertainy and delays we forsaw). Then came the NMPP consortium led by the Ausies and the Iranians (no mentioning of names please). NMPP qouted a ridiculous and a laughable R 3 billion EPC quote. They got the job - supposedly because they were cheap and hed experience in his field. My Consortium consisted of the hard working South African boere and children of the soil-the Africans. We were overlooked. Wind up the clock: NMPP jacked up the quote to: R 8 Billion R 12.3 Billion R 18 Billion and eventually R 23. 4 Billion. All in a space of 4 years. Questions: How could it be that NMPP could not have known that the project would excalate to R 23.4 Billion in just over 4 years? Is the EOJ Quote really going to be R 23.4 Billion or is this just another PBMR to loot the country's money offshore? On PBMR I told the Eskom directors in year 2000 to the Chinese route and small machines. Once again we were told we didn't knwo what we were talking about. End result: R14 Billion smoked! Lastly: Now they can even do a simple basic mathematisc to tell the publich how volumes can be pumped and delivered to Gauteng by thie unnccessary expensive machine. I have a very nasy but brutal truth summary: South African politicians must stay out of Business and learn to delegate and use its own engineers and scientists. Let there be Peace and love!

  • scud - 2012-01-12 10:10

    Stop blaming the politicians--the original budgets were announced by Transnet's execs Maria Ramos and Chris Wells. The first time that it became apparent that there was going to be a multi million rand overrun was during the Chris Wells era. Highly remunerated management negotiated and oversaw this deal-so they must carry the can.

      Zakhele - 2012-01-12 11:59

      Oops! I see you brave to mention names like that and News24 actually published this. If I was Transnet CEO there was no way I would keep on signing something that started from R3.8 billion, wen to R8 billion, R12 Billion, R18 billion and eventually R23.4 billion All in a space of FOUR YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not UNLESS I am a BEAN COUNTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

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