Saldanha’s LPG vessels beat the gun

Saldanha Bay

The fabrication of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) vessels (also known as ‘bullets’) have been completed for an open access terminal being developed by Sunrise Energy at Saldanha Bay. This is a “major milestone” in the first phase of the R1,2bn project.

“The ‘bullets’ will be moved to the site over the next five weeks,” says Sunrise Energy CEO Pieter Coetzee.

These pressure vessels were manufactured locally and can deliver 5,500 tons of LPG storage capacity, expected to be operational toward the middle of 2017.

The company aims to provide terminal services to gas importers, but will not own or trade the gas itself, in an arrangement similar to the Burgan storage facilities being built at the Port of Cape Town. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has recently granted tariff approval for the Sunrise facility.

“The project will alleviate the gas shortages that the Western Cape has been experiencing, mainly during the colder winter months,” says Coetzee.

He goes on to say that the next two phases will be suited to deliver LPG to a power generation project in Saldanha itself.

According to Engineering News, Sunrise Energy is majority owned by MOGS (60%) – a subsidiary of Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) – with the state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (31%) and Illitha Group Holdings (9%) as smaller participants.

“The finishing point of the project will play a role in helping to resolve South Africa’s energy trials and promote fuel and energy security,” RBH CEO Albertinah Kekana, told Engineering News.



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