Mia Moorcroft
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19 Oct 2015
3:39 pm

Proposed multi-billion KZN gas terminal to create 16 000 jobs

Mia Moorcroft

KwaZulu-Natal is set to become home to Africa’s largest oil and gas terminal through a R123 billion venture involving a group of foreign investors.

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The Phangela Storage Tank Farm, proposed to be built south of Mtunzini and Fairbreeze, will boast a giant liquid bulk facility as well as dedicated marine facilities, reversible pipeline infrastructure, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) re-gasification terminal and two offshore single buoy moorings to accommodate supertankers.

Once fully operational, the terminal will employ around 16 000 permanent staff members with 260 security guards on standby per shift.

Products such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), LNG, crude oil and bulk liquid petrochemicals will be imported and exported from the depot to long-term local and international clients, Zululand Observer reported.

The project has received backing by from Indian oil company Fox Petroleum, Indian port terminal and infrastructure group IMC Limited, global commodities trading group Gunvor Singapore, UK-based global marine services provider Fendercare Marine, Dutch insurance brokers Raetsheren van Orden and multi-national audit firm Ernst & Young.

“This is the biggest development KZN has seen in decades,” said Phangela Holdings CEO Mike van Croonenburg. “Reversible offshore pipelines will be connected 175 kilometres south to Durban and 40kms north to Richards Bay – it is the safest way to transport oil as there is no risk of road accidents,”

“And the dedicated Marine Park will have two single buoy moorings and berthing dolphins ensuring no congestion, no demurrage and significant reduced environmental damage risks,” he said.

Van Croonenburg added it will be a proudly South African project aiming to create innumerable direct and indirect work opportunities in the region.

Fox Petroleum on agreed to invest in a 1500 megawatts gas power plant, using LNG as feedstock, to power the operation.

At the stakeholders engagement session, held on Thursday afternoon in Richards Bay, Fox Petroleum Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Kumar emphasised the plant will not only provide clean, renewable energy, but four percent of the total earnings will be re-invested in the local community.

“It’s not – tax, it’s humanity,” Kumar said. “We will build schools, a college, a hospital offering medical services free of charge, and give scholarships.”

– Caxton News Service