Multi-product fuel pipeline commissioned

November 14th, 2017, Published in Articles: Energize

Transnet has recently upgraded its Durban-to-Johannesburg trunk line to multi-petroleum mode. In addition to transporting diesel, which it has done since 2012, it can now also transport Unleaded 93 Octane, Unleaded 95 Octane, and jet fuel at a capacity of 1-million l of fuel per hour (1000 m3/h).

Fig. 1: Two of the smaller, 10-million litre accumulation tanks at the Jameson Park inland accumulation facility.

Fig. 1: Two of the smaller, 10-million litre accumulation tanks at the Jameson Park inland accumulation facility.

The 60,96 cm diameter pipeline forms part of the R30,4-billion Multi-Product Pipeline Project (NMPP) that sets out to replace the 30,48 cm predecessor Durban-to-Johannesburg trunk line which has reached the end of its economic life after five decades of operation.

The project also includes 160 km of 40,64 cm diameter steel inland pipelines, three inland pumping stations and two accumulation facilities. The inland accumulation facility at Jameson Park outside of Heidelberg with a 160-million litre capacity will also come online in the next two months. The facility plays a central role in Transnet’s 3800 km high-pressure underground pipeline network as many of the points run through this plant.

Fig. 2: Some of the fuel transport pipelines at Transnet’s Jameson Park inland accumulation facility.

Fig. 2: Some of the fuel transport pipelines at Transnet’s Jameson Park inland accumulation facility.

The pipeline and accumulation facilities will help secure fuel supplies and improve distribution by removing the need for trucks to transport the fuel.

With 555 km of the more than 700 km trunk line running underground the project involved drilling technology. The pipeline crosses 49 main rivers, 95 km of major wetland and 169 trenchless crossings. The pipeline has been built with growing demand in mind, and with further investment could transport up to 3-million l of fuel per hour.

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