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African Petrochemicals Nov/Dec Edition 14.6 {2017}


TRANSNET AND OTGC MAKE HEADWAY ON NEW NGQURA LIQUID BULK TERMINAL Progress has been made on the Port of Ngqura’s establishment as a new petroleum trading hub for Southern Africa, ahead of the planned decommissioning and rehabilitation of the existing liquid bulk facilities at the neighbouring Port of Port Elizabeth. Progress on road infrastructure for the future OTGC tank farm. A sod-turning ceremony is expected in January 2018 to mark the start of construction of the new Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (Pty) Ltd (OTGC) tank farm and new main access road. Fabrication of the tanks and optional LPG Bullets is scheduled to start in April 2018. 28 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 20-hectare site where OTGC will be constructing the new tank farm. 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. Tenders would be issued in January 2018 for the tank farm bulk earth works package and the main access road construction package to Berth B100. “These developments signal progress in TNPA’s plans to clean up terminal facilities and free up land in the Port of Port Elizabeth for future commercial and tourism development, while enabling Ngqura to play a vital role in securing South Africa’s future fuel supply,” said TNPA Chief Executive, Shulami Qalinge. Earlier this year Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) concluded an agreement with OTGC to plan, fund, construct, own, maintain and operate the new facility. TNPA is required to provide port infrastructure for the liquid bulk terminal to commence operations at the end of 2019. Liquid bulk capacity will be increased from two million tons per annum for the immediate hinterland to three million tons per annum once the new liquid bulk terminal is operational. Qalinge said TNPA is delighted to have a world-class independent liquid bulk storage provider on board, through a Section 56 process of the National Ports Act which mandates TNPA as landlord and ports master planner, to contract with private terminal operators to design, construct, develop, finance, maintain and operate port terminals or facilities. Under Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS) Section 56 concessions across the eight commercial ports are opening up participation in port activities to businesses owned by historically disadvantaged individuals. Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo is a majority South African owned level 1 BBBEE company. The Ngqura facility is Oiltanking’s first holding in a South African fuel terminal, whereas for Calulo, being involved in all aspects of the oil supply chain’s, it will be its first clean products terminal. For Grindrod, the Ngqura liquid storage facility provides further commodity diversification in fuel storage and handling and aligns its broader portfolio of infrastructure based logistics. Artist impression of the new OTGC Tank Farm. The new storage facilities and marine infrastructure at Ngqura will help support South Africa’s overall petroleum demand projections, which call for significant investments in tank storage infrastructure. Phase 1 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 2 depending on customer commercial requirements. The new Liquid Bulk Terminal in Ngqura will replace the tanks currently in use in the Port of Port Elizabeth, which will be decommissioned and the land redeveloped. The new modern facility will service the Oil Majors, new entrants into the South African oil industry as well as international traders - all supporting the local shipping industry. It will also create socio-economic benefits and will boost the Eastern Cape (Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality) 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. About Transnet National Ports Authority Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is one of five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd. The National Ports Authority is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the national port system, which it manages in a landlord capacity. It provides port infrastructure and marine services at the eight commercial seaports in South Africa – Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mossel Bay and Ngqura. It operates within a legislative and regulatory environment and is governed by the National Ports Act (Act No. 12 of 2005). For more information visit:

“REFUELING” OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN “NO TIME”. POWERSWAP REVEALS NEWS OF THEIR RADICAL SOLUTION FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC VEHICLES. Powerswap AB, a Swedish start-up, has revealed news of their radical solution for charging electric vehicles. Instead of connecting the cord and waiting for the car to be charged, the battery is replaced with the help of a robotic device in three minutes. “Our solution is in many ways revolutionary and will change the way we think about EV charging,” says Sten Corfitsen, founder of Powerswap. The technical concept was created with the goal of using the already well-established refuelling infrastructure, petrol stations. “It is better if we do not have to establish a completely new infrastructure just because we want to use EVs instead of fossil fuel cars. By installing robotic swap units at petrol stations and parking lots, we will gain a cost-efficient solution for the transition to a dominant electric transport sector.” Powerswap is very different from earlier battery swap trials, which have been based on building new swap stations and which are expensive and require new land. Another difference is that Powerswap handles the swap of batteries from the side, which is more optimal when it comes to automation. “I am confident we have created something that will lead to faster expansion for EVs. Taxi companies and other transportation fleets are suitable niches for our introduction because their operations have no time available for prolonged charging. We have received a Letter of Intent from Taxi Stockholm, the biggest taxi company in Sweden.” In short, the advantages of automatic battery swap are: No time needed for charging; faster than filling a petrol car. The car is not out of use during “refuelling” (charging). The EV can be sold without the battery, which will make the price of an EV less than that of a fossil fuel car. The battery will be leased and can be renewed when enhanced technology is available. An infrastructure will be built without the need for hundreds of thousands of public charging poles. The stress on the battery is significantly reduced. We give batteries a suitable amount of time for charging, which lowers the peaks in demand and the stress on the grid. Powerswap AB is a spin-off from Fuelmatics AB, the originator of completely automatic refuelling with liquid fuels. The Powerswap battery swap system offers cord-free “refuelling” of EVs in three minutes. Powerswap is supported by the Swedish Energy Agency, Energi-myndigheten, with the goal of enabling a more efficient infrastructure for electric vehicles. The company collaborates with Chinese battery manufacturers and OEMs. For more information: 29


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