Sibongiseni Khathi
DURBAN - A state-of-the-art visual system that forms part of the newly opened National Operating Centre at Transnet Pipelines in Pinetown has seen the integration of security and control centre all under one roof.

According to Transnet Pipeline’s acting chief executive, Sibongiseni Khathi, speaking at the centre’s opening ceremony yesterday, the system will allow the control master to visually pinpoint any problems should there be an emergency.

He said the merging of the planning, control and security functions in one room would improve the efficiency of the pipeline. “With this system, if there’s fire at any terminal, including Island View terminal to as far as the pump station in Ladysmith, the control master has instant access to visuals of these terminals,” he said.

Khathi said the control master would also be able to view, through the system, Transnet’s new multi-product pipeline (NMPP).

He said the NMPP was 555km and there was a 24-inch trunk line that transported two grades of diesel and two grades of petrol from Durban to Johannesburg.

“In case of emergencies, a war room has been incorporated into the national operating centre,” he said, adding that the new technology would increase safety with a virtual eye on the ground.

Khathi said the video wall in the centre, which was the largest full HD LED in Africa, was going to assist in improving their efficiency and reliability.

“We’ve got the assets now underground, we can supply product on demand. Now all that is left is for us to move product from off the road to the pipeline and by doing this we increase our asset base and for us to lower cost of doing business, we need more volumes,” he said.

Group chief executive Siyabonga Gama said: “The new control centre will allow us to reach our goal of ensuring security of supply by supplying more than 17 billion litres of fuel a year to the country’s economic hub.”