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Transnet, South Africa

Arrow Energy Case Study

The NMPP (New Multi Product Pipeline) project was the biggest capital project ever built by Transnet. It included the production of a 24″ diameter fuel pipeline over 700km across South Africa. It pumps Gasoline, Diesel and Jet Fuel inland across South Africa and needed to comply with very strict environmental requirements.

The Challenges

Oil Water Separator Skid in factory

Ultraspin has a long history of working on oily water projects in South Africa both directly from Australia and also through our long standing distributor Procon Environmental. The challenge we were presented with this project was one of the bigger ones we’ve managed in the past few years.

The scope of the project was big for a number of reasons, it was a huge investment in South African infrastructure and was essential to meet the ever growing fuel needs of inland South Africa. After rigorous Pre-Award test requirements were met, an order was placed on Procon and Ultraspin for 5 separate oily water separator packages.

All five systems combined have an installed flowrate of over 330m³/hr and have been designed, along with supporting infrastructure to cope with a 1:100 year storm event.

Believe it or not, the water restrictions in South Africa are actually extremely strict and in contrast to Australia, are strictly enforced. Because of this one of the biggest challenges on this project was the discharge standard.

To comply, the Ultraspin systems needed to be able to produce a oil in water concentration of less than 2.5mg/L during all operation including some upset conditions.

To put that into context, in Australia a typical tight restriction would be 5mg/L which is double the requirement of this project. All of this in an application where different fuels, of different densities are mixed, pumped and emulsified made for a challenging application.

Oil Water separator skid installed
What Transnet needed...
Did Ultraspin deliver?
What did we do?
Design assistance for the oily water separator and surrounding infrastructure
Ultraspin provided continuous design feedback both on the design and layout of our equipment but we also provided our extensive knowledge on the best way to handle sensitive oily water
They needed to be 100% confident that the technology they chose would work for them BEFORE placing the order on a vendor
Ultraspin was able to offer a full Pre-Award Test which comprised of project representatives coming to Australia to witness a live oily water performance test recreating site conditions with the correct oils being used and emulsification down to a specified oil droplet size
Needed to be confident that the system would be rigorously tested before being put into full operation
Ultraspin attended site to commission the equipment and complete a full flow oily water Site Acceptance Test (SAT) by introducing the correct oils into the system at specified concentrations to prove performance

The Outcome

Visual samples from Site Acceptance Testing

The solution that Ultraspin came up with comprised of a total of 6 separate systems:

  • 3 x 25m³/hr Oily Water Separators, one for each pump station
  • 2 x Oily Water Separators for the Durban Terminal, one at 40m³/hr and the other at 60m³/hr
  • 1 x 160m³/hr Oily Water Separator for the Johannesburg Terminal

Each system included a Free Oil Recovery (FOR) system of suitable size to cope with bulk spills or large oil accumulations over time at each location. These FOR’s are capable of capturing 100% oil and allow the main Oil Water Separators to focus on removing the lower concentrations of emulsified oil to below 2.5mg/L.

Ultraspin and Procon Environmental were privileged to provide oily water treatment systems to such a high profile project and we look forward to working with Transnet in the future when additional pump stations are installed to increase pipeline capacity from 1,100 million litres/hour to 3,000 million litres/hour.