Construction of LPG storage facility underway

By John Nhandara

A US$10.5 million project to construct storage tanks and ancillary facilities for 2 000 metric tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas in Ruwa is set to increase the country’s handling capacity and enable uninterrupted supply of LPG.

The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Storage Facility Project in Ruwa is beginning to take shape, with some of the storage tanks sourced from India arriving in the country this Monday.

The two tanks will have an operational capacity of handling 500 metric tonnes of gas, while upon completion, the project is expected to handle two thousand metric tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas.

The project was initiated as strategic response to cyclic shortages of LPG supply and an alternative to cleaner sources of energy that have been adopted globally.

“This is an impact project. The facility will store 2 000 metric tonnes of LPG. The usage of gas in the country is on an upward trajectory. Five years ago, we were using one million kgs of gas, but now we are using about fifty million kgs. So, this project will enable us to control market prices. We have received these tanks fabricated in India as part of the project,” said Engineer Faniel Mackenzie, NOIC board chairperson.

Meanwhile, construction of 6 million-litre ethanol storage tanks in Mabvuku is nearing completion, and the project is expected to enable storage of adequate fuel reserves and sustain higher petrol blending ratios.

The Second Republic has adopted a deliberate stance towards channelling resources to infrastructure development in line with the country’s economic blueprint, the National Development Strategy One, with several expansion projects being witnessed in the energy sector.

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