The MPP 2017-06-08T14:47:04+00:00

The MPP

Our Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) is one of South Africa’s most ambitious engineering and construction projects and one of the biggest multi-product pipelines in Southern Africa. The MPP represents cutting-edge innovation in concept, design and implementation – but remains largely unseen by the South African people, the trunkline is buried underground over a distance of 555km.

The MPP ensures that all market demands are met whilst facilitating economic growth and upliftment within the country. Additional benefits are the reduction of road congestion and maintenance costs and lowering carbon emissions associated with transporting petroleum products.

Innovation, technology and world class design characterise the MPP – some interesting construction facts:

  • Engineered and installed according to international standards and best practices
  • Its 24-inch diameter can ultimately deliver 3000m³ of fuel per hour
  • World’s best pipe construction – three-layer hot-applied polyethylene over fusion-bonded epoxy coating system
  • Highest quality steel for pipes made in only a few mills in the world
  • Sophisticated security monitoring and security access control systems
  • Utillised new drilling technology – Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) – the longest HDD drill used in SA. A distance of approximately 1.5km was drilled under one of Gauteng’s busy highways, Uncle Charlie’s, at a depth of approximately 18m
  • 16-inch MPP pipeline traverses Natalspruit, near Heidelberg in Gauteng. This area is home to one of the province’s most significant wetlands, and construction in this extremely sensitive environmental area was undertaken with no resultant damage to the wetland
  • 80% of the workforce employed were local, trained in transportable skills, and included welders, grinders, fitters, mechanics, semi-skilled artisans, banks men, flagmen, safety representatives and brush men

The pipeline construction challenges included:

  • 49 main river crossings
  • 95km of major wetland crossings
  • 169 trenchless crossings

Ultimately the pipeline:

  • Reduces the number of fuel tankers on South African roads by up to 60%
  • Improves Transnet and South Africa’s carbon footprints by reducing the amount of carbon emissions produced by petroleum products being transported by road