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.