Transnet increases aircraft fuel supply as rail line repairs begin

Transnet has begun repairing its railway line between Durban and Gauteng

Gallo Images / Foto24 / Dean Vivier

Following the floods in KwaZulu-Natal, Transnet is adding 20 million liters of jet fuel to its supply between the National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Natref) and OR Tambo International Airport as repairs begin on the railway line.

The state-owned company currently transports 14 million liters of jet fuel per week via the National Multi-Product Pipeline from Durban.

“To supplement the weekly supply, 20 million liters of imported jet fuel have been injected into the Durban pipeline and are expected to reach Natref on May 18, 2022,” Transnet said in a statement Saturday.

The jet fuel, which Natref will store in its tanks, will increase supply by an average of five million liters per week for the next month.

Transnet is one of many South African companies whose operations have been hit hard by the floods.

“The operation on a railway line between Durban and Gauteng is expected to be resumed by June 9, 2022, while the dual line operation will be fully resumed by September 30, 2022,” Transnet said.

The port, railway and pipeline company further explained that it is examining medium and long-term solutions to ensure security of supply.

Transnet has also begun loading jet fuel at Matola in Mozambique, with those royal services providing one million gallons of jet fuel at OR Tambo International Airport.

“The current volume of aviation fuel is 17.8 million liters, with an expected consumption of 2.6 million liters per day. Air fuel stocks at OR Tambo International Airport are currently at 5.1. days (which is within the 5-7 day target), “transnet said.