PRETORIA – 15TH OCTOBER, 2015 – A team of officials from South Africa’s Transnet arrive in Zambia tomorrow to open discussions with Government over three groundbreaking projects, which include the proposed multi-purpose fuel pipeline from Ndola to Lusaka.
Transnet is looking to enter an agreement on how it could pass on some of its fuel tankers to Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL), resolving challenges it was facing with ZRL in implementing the North-South Corridor project, and consider the proposed 360 kilometre fuel pipeline.
The company has moved from transporting its fuel stocks through rail following the completion of construction of a 20 billion rand fuel pipeline between Johannesburg and Durban and would like to pass on the excess tankers to ZRL.
The North-South Corridor project is part of Transnet’s initiatives aimed at implementing an efficient transportation system which is expected to integrate South Africa with the rest of the continent through the creation of competitive corridor supply chains.
The pipeline is proposed to be built along the ZRL corridor under a private-public-partnership structure and would involve a local partner, ZRL and Transnet. The financing would be sourced by the PPP members.
The projects were first revealed last month when Transnet officials met Zambia’s High Commissioner-Designate to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba after which the High Commission arranged the meetings with representatives of the Zambian Government.
The delegation which will be in Zambia from 16th -18th November, 2015, will be led by Executive Manager for International Business Ms. Nyameka Madikizela; Manager for Strategy and Marketing Mr. Imran Karim; Chief Engineer Mr. Gert Ludick; Ms. Sue Govender, in charge of Capital Projects, and Ms. Lynette Mangozhe, from the Engineering department.
They will meet officials at the Ministry of Works and Supply, Ministry of Energy and ZRL.
Transnet is a South African state-owned company with experience in rail transportation, port management as well as pipeline technology and transportation.
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