By John Nhandara
IMPLEMENTATION of Phase One of the Harare-Feruka Pipeline Expansion Project is expected to commence in the first quarter of next year at a cost of US$15 million, with procurement of equipment now underway.
Detailed designs of the first and second phase for the Harare Feruka Oil Pipeline Expansion Project have been completed, while procurement of equipment such as mainline pumps and booster pumps is underway.
Focus has now shifted to construction and rehabilitation works such as increasing the size of pumps at Feruka, once the equipment arrives.
The project is being implemented through the National Oil Infrastructure Company (NOIC) and its partners, including PetroZimline Private Limited and Companhia do Pipeline Mocampique (CPMZ).
“So far, we have completed the detailed designs of the first phase for the upgrade. We have now gone into the phase of procurement where to date we have contracted six vendors for the supply of critical equipment. The equipment will start arriving during third and fourth quarter of this year,” said Mr Peter Masvikeni, PETROZIM Line Pvt Limited managing director.
NOIC board chairperson, Engineer Daniel Mackenzie Ncube said upgrading of the pipeline from Feruka in Mutare to Msasa in Harare will increase the pipeline’s pumping capacity from 2,19 billion litres to three billion litres per annum.
“In line with the national vision to establish Harare as the regional hub for fuel distribution, PZL in conjunction with its Mozambican counterpart, CPMZ, is upgrading the pumping capacity of the pipeline from an annual volume of 2,19 billion litres to three billion litres. The objective is to achieve a capacity of five billion litres per annum by 2025,” he said.
Demand for fuel in the country has increased, with 90 percent of the fuel consumed in Zimbabwe transported through the Feruka oil pipeline.
Once completed, the project will see Harare becoming the regional hub for fuel distribution.
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