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Vopak to expand in South Africa

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Tanks and Terminals,

Royal Vopak and Reatile have taken an investment decision to expand their activities in South Africa.

This investment aims to enhance Vopak's infrastructure to help meet South Africa's increasing demand for petroleum products. It will improve the security of fuel supply by facilitating the import of cleaner fuels into South Africa. The expansion comprises a new 100 000 m3 inland terminal in the Gauteng province (Johannesburg) connected to Vopak Terminal Durban via the Transnet Multi Product Pipeline, as well as an expansion of Vopak Terminal Durban with 130 000 m3.

The new inland terminal will be built in Lesedi, located in the Gauteng province (Johannesburg). The terminal will consist of six tanks of in total 100 000 m3, eight truck loading bays with a vapour recovery system, and a pipeline connection to the state-owned New Multi Product Pipeline (NMPP) for refined petroleum products.

The NMPP is running from the Port of Durban to Gauteng, where approximately 70% of South Africa's fuel demand is concentrated. The pipeline reduces the need for road transport from Durban to Gauteng with trucks, offering customers a more cost-effective, scalable, safe and environmentally friendly way to supply this important region. Vopak Terminal Durban and Vopak Terminal Lesedi will be the first major open access independent tank terminals connected to the NMPP, connecting the Port of Durban with the Gauteng province.

The expansion of Vopak Terminal Durban will comprise 10 new state-of-the art tanks with a total capacity of 162 000 m3, as well as the demolition of 38 older small tanks. The net increase in capacity will be 130 000 m3. Furthermore, investments will also be made in three additional truck loading bays connected to the existing vapour recovery system, additional (berth) pipelines and a new marine loading arm. Upon completion, the total capacity of Vopak Terminal Durban will amount to 371 926 m3.

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