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CAPE TOWN - Transnet prides itself for successfully commissioning the upgrades of the petroleum pipeline running between Durban and Gauteng.

Transnet says the pipeline upgrade means that it will now transport two more grades of petrol grades namely, Unleaded 93 Octane and Unleaded 95 Octane. 

Since its operation in 2012, this trunk-line has transported over 16 billion litres of diesel only. Now with the additional products, Transnet looks at transporting 7 billion litres of petroleum products in the 2017/18 financial year. 

"Our main function is to make sure that we move fuel to all parts of the country and this project will certainly achieve that. The pipeline will now move four petroleum products to the country’s economic hub with a much more secured supply of fuel," said Transnet Group Chief Executive, Siyabonga Gama.

It is understood that Sasol's Natref refinery will shut this month, therefore this pipeline upgrade will counter against the shortage of supply during the planned shut down.

"The New Multi-Products Pipeline Project is within the time frames of the amended construction license of National Energy Regulator of South Africa," the statement read.

The Department of Energy couldn't be reached for a comment by the time of publication.

Transnet is currently running the New Multi-Product Pipeline which consists of three pump stations, a coastal terminal in Durban, an inland terminal in Jameson Park near Heidelberg and a 24-inch 555km trunk line from Durban to Gauteng plus a network of 16-inch pipes around Gauteng.