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Pipelines & Storage News

Gigaba says pipeline probe not a ‘witch-hunt’, to focus on lessons 

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2011 Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, who in December expressed dismay with the cost overruns and delays on the new Transnet fuels pipeline from Durban to Johannesburg, stresses that the proposed departmental review of the project is not a “witch hunt”, but is instead designed to ensure... 

Sasol plans R4m gas pipeline extension in Gauteng

By: Petronel Smit     19th January 2011 JSE-listed Sasol is planning to construct a R4-million pipeline extension and customer meter station linked to Sasol Gas' existing distribution facilities in the Olifantsfontein area in Gauteng. The petrochemicals producer reported that the pipeline extension would be built to supply gas to a... 

Transnet confirms shock surge in pipeline price tag to R23,4bn 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2010 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet announced another shocking surge in the price tag for its new fuel pipeline from Durban to Johannesburg, which is now expected to cost R23,4-billion to complete – more than double the initial estimate of R11,1-billion made in 2008 and materially up on... 

Revenue recedes despite increased tariffs, volumes

3rd December 2010 Revenue from State-owned freight logistics company Transnet Pipelines (TPL) division for the six months ended September has fallen 1,3% to R669-million despite a 6,1% increase in tariffs and a 2% increase in volumes of products transported, said Transnet CEO Chris Wells, last month. 

On track for completion in 2013

3rd December 2010 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP), which is being built between Durban and Johannesburg, has had its deadline extended to December 31, 2013, and is on track for completion. 

Durban to Joburg pipeline to help with security of supply

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2010 The delays on the State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP) will require the Durban to Johannesburg pipeline (DJP) to continue running for nine months beyond March 31, 2011, to cope with security of supply challenges to Gauteng. 

Technological innovations in use

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2010 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP), being built between Durban and Johannesburg, will use a number of technological innovations including cathodic protection against rust and, as the name implies, multiple product transportation through one line, says... 

Progress being made on R240m pipeline project

By: Eleanor Seggie     3rd December 2010 Civil engineering construction company Esorfranki is making progress on its flagship R240-million BG3 pipeline project, having further excavated the trench, and is expecting to lay pipes down imminently, says Esorfranki CEO Bernie Krone. 

Transnet awards GE unit R180m backup power contract for pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2010 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has awarded a R180-million contract to GE South Africa Technologies (GESAT), a venture involving GE Transportation and the Mineworkers Investment Company, to supply ten medium speed, diesel-powered generators for the R15,42-billion new multi-product... 

Global technology group extends energy efficiency offering to SA

By: Petronel Smit     23rd April 2010 The recently launched local branch of ABB Global Consulting’s energy efficiency consultancy service guarantees industrial energy savings of between 5% and 20%, depending on the current state of a company’s energy management practices. 

Peters promises cleaner-fuels ‘roadmap' by December

By: Jade Davenport     20th April 2010 Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has reaffirmed government's commitment to modernising South Africa's fuel specifications on Tuesday, and announced that a "roadmap" for cleaner fuels would be issued by December. Peters told the National Assembly during the Department of Energy's (DOE) budget vote... 

Union threatens to down tools at Transnet

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th April 2010 The United Transport & Allied Trade Union (Utatu) has warned that workers in Transnet’s freight, pipelines, harbours and Engineering operations could go on strike soon, should a second conciliation meeting around a pay dispute, to be held on Monday, not lead to an agreement. The union on Friday... 

Nersa rebuffs Transnet, approves modest 6% tariff increase 

By: Terence Creamer     26th March 2010 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has again granted Transnet a materially lower allowable revenue increase for the period April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011, than had been requested by its fuel pipelines unit earlier in the year. The State-owned freight logistics group applied... 

Transnet targets 2010 Cabinet approval for public-private investment framework  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2010 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet is optimistic that Cabinet will endorse a framework for private sector participation (PSP) in its rolling project pipeline, which currently stands at R93,4-billion, before the end of 2010, and anticipates that the first major PSP projects will be... 

$320m ‘soft’ Japanese loan for Kenyan geothermal project

By: John Muchira     12th March 2010 Kenya has received a $320-million soft loan from Japan to boost investments in the energy sector. 

Transnet confirms R2,75bn rise in pipeline cost, year delay 

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2010 State-owned transport utility Transnet has confirmed that the cost of its new multiproduct petroleum pipeline (NMPP) from Durban to Gauteng has escalated by R2,75-billion to R15,42-billion, and that the project will be completed a full year later than initially scheduled. The new NMPP network,... 

BP calls for fuel-supply review before SA makes new refinery call 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2010 Petroleum group BP Africa has called on the South African government to proceed with caution before approving the construction of a $10-billion-plus greenfield refinery at Coega, in the Eastern Cape, making a public appeal at the weekend for a far-reaching review of all the supply-side options,... 

Cap of R4,5bn placed on Transnet's fuel-levy funding 

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2010 State-owned transport utility Transnet has indicated that a cap of R4,5-billion has been set for the amount of capital it can extract from that portion of the increase in the fuel levy to help it fund a R12-billion fuel pipeline from Durban to Johannesburg. In his inaugural Budget address,... 

Transnet expects $750m global debt market re-entry within six months

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2010 South Africa's State-owned freight logistics group Transnet expects to tap its recently established $2-billion Global Medium-Term Note (GMTN) programme within the next six months, acting CEO Chris Wells tells Engineering News Online. This initial foray would be for a minimum of $500-million, but... 

Ingérop Africa has been appointed by HCB to provide technical support and project management for the Refurbishment of the Cahora Bassa dam Spillway Gates - Mozambique

6th November 2009 Ingérop Africa (in association with its subsidiary Ingérop Moçambique) has been awarded the "REABDESC PROJECT MANAGEMENT - TECHNICAL CONSULTING SERVICES" regarding the repairs and refurbishment of 8 spillway gates and one surface gate with the associated equipment installed at Cahora Bassa Dam in... 

Petroleum industry urges finalisation of competition law exemption

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2009 The Department of Energy (DOE) and petroleum industry roleplayers on Monday called on the Competition Commission to finalise the exemption of the industry from competition law. The petroleum industry felt that it was necessary to allow industry competitors to hold regular discussions on supply... 

Manufacturer replacing 
piping systems in eThekwini

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe manufactures DPI Plastics has a strong 20-year relationship with the eThekwini Municipality, which is using DPI Plastics’ newly launched product Gemini-Biax to replace some of Durban’s piping systems. 

Hogan prepared to exercise her ‘prerogative' in appointing Transnet CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2009 Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan stressed on Tuesday that the process to appoint a new permanent CEO at Transnet could not be "prolonged for too much longer" and that, in the event of a protracted process, she would exercise her "prerogative to appoint a CEO at the group, in consultation... 

Transnet takes fresh swipe at SA's economic regulators

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2009 State freight logistics utility Transnet once again raised its unhappiness with the country's approach to economic regulation in Parliament on Tuesday, saying that, in its current form and application, the regulations were "not conducive for investment in major infrastructure projects". Briefing... 

Oil industry wants competition exemption ahead of 2010

By: Sapa     26th August 2009 Oil industry players said on Tuesday a competition exemption was the only way of ensuring airports did not run out of jet fuel during the 2010 Football World Cup. "An exemption is the only way to make a success out of the World Cup," Chevron chairperson James Seutloadi told Parliament's select... 

Peters to keep eye on airport jet fuel stock, says crisis resolved

By: Chanel de Bruyn     14th August 2009 Energy Minister Dipuo Peters will continue to keep jet fuel stock levels at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), in Johannesburg, “under a critical eye”, but said on Friday that she was pleased that the industry had responded to the issue with the “necessary vigour” to bring stock levels... 

Airport fuel shortage task team to also monitor supply for World Cup

By: Chanel de Bruyn     6th August 2009 A task team that was being established to investigate the recent jet fuel shortages at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), would also have to ensure that South Africa had adequate liquid fuels available during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said on Thursday. Peters... 

Transnet Pipelines ‘in no way’ responsible for OR Tambo fuel shortage

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2009 State-owned freight company Transnet said on Tuesday that its petroleum and gas division was “in no way” responsible for the tight fuel supply at the OR Tambo International Airport (Ortia). The utility was responding to reports that delivery problems by Transnet, including a temporary shutdown... 

Proposed R2,5bn West Coast gas pipeline project making progress 

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2009 Gas supplier Gigajoule Africa has submitted a licence application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for the transmission, distribution and trading of gas in the Cape West Coast region. 

Transnet will not seek direct funding from State for R12,6bn pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2009 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet would seek neither guarantees nor a loan injection from government to help it fund a new R12,6-billion fuel pipeline from Durban to Gauteng, despite the material financing challenge created by the energy regulator’s recent rejection of its request for... 

Transnet finalising plans for a R5bn global bond issue 

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2009 South African transport utility Transnet was currently preparing the necessary documentation and fulfilling the legal requirements for a R5-billion global bond issue, acting CEO Chris Wells said on Wednesday. However, he provided no details as to the timing of such an issuance, saying only that... 

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