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THE KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Edtea) has finally granted Vopak SA and SA-based Reatile Chemicals environmental authorisation for the construction of a huge gas and chemical terminal in Richards Bay.
Vopak SA is the subsidiary of 400-year-old Dutch-based storage and transshipment giant Royal Vopak.
The nod comes almost three years after the company first submitted a draft scoping report for the facility on a 15.8ha site at the South Dunes Precinct of the port.
The Vopak-Reatile Richards Bay bulk liquid storage and handling facility will consist of 45 tanks, which will store liquid petroleum gas (LPG), as well as clean petroleum products (CPP) and chemicals, including acetone, diesel, ethanol, fuel oil, petrol, paraffin and sulphuric acid.
Storage capacity of the tanks envisaged range from 1 000m³ to 20 000m³.
The plant will be developed in phases, with the initial phase providing approximately 36 000m³ of storage capacity, and further phases providing up to 264 000m³ additional storage capacity.
Once completed, the terminal will have a total storage capacity of approximately 300 000m³.
To transfer liquid imported by ship to berths 208 and 209, the company will set up a marine loading arm, road and rail loading bays and weighbridges.
Buildings on site will include a main office building, canteen, cabins, fire fighting station, laboratory, control room and maintenance workshop.