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Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, TNPA sign liquid bulk agreement

4th May 2017

By: Irma Venter
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) on Thursday signed an agreement in Port Elizabeth that will see OTGC plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape.

The facility’s concept engineering design, as well as the topographical and geotechnical survey, have been completed, and construction is due to start in the fourth quarter of this year, with commissioning planned for the third quarter of 2019.

Phase 1 of the liquid bulk facility will provide around 150 000 m3 of storage capacity for refined petroleum products, and will replace the tanks currently in use in the Port of Port Elizabeth, which will be decommissioned and the land redeveloped.

This is in line with Port Elizabeth’s plans to clean up the terminal facility and develop the city’s commercial and tourism sectors.

Future phases will provide for an additional 550 000 m3 of storage capacity and handling.

The 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.

OTGC CEO Dirk Exalto said he would prefer not to provide information on the value of the contract.

OTGC, a majority South African owned level 1 black economic empowerment company, is an independent bulk liquid storage provider in South Africa. Oiltanking holds a 46% share, Grindrod South Africa a 30,5 % share, Calulo Terminals a 20,5% share and the Adopt-A-School Foundation a 3% share.

The Ngqura facility provides a number of opportunities for the partners within the company.

For Oiltanking, it will be its first holding in a South African fuel terminal, whereas for Calulo, being involved in all aspects of the oil supply chain, it will be its first clean products terminal.

For Grindrod, the Ngqura liquid storage facility provides diversification into fuel storage and handling, and aligns with its coastal tanker shipping through Unicorn Tankers.

Within the region, the liquid bulk facility will generate employment opportunities during the construction phase of the project, while it will also provide permanent positions in the long term.

Oiltanking is a subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls, a Hamburg-based, family-owned company that operates in the fields of energy supply, trading and logistics. It is the second largest independent tank storage provider for petroleum products, chemicals and gases worldwide.

The company owns and operates 79 terminals in 24 countries within Europe, North and South America, Middle East, Africa, India as well as in Asia. Oiltanking has an overall storage capacity of 21-million m3.

Grindrod is a JSE-listed shipping and logistics company.

The Calulo Group is an empowerment investment partner.