Consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa has been appointed by Ethiopian Petroleum Supply Enterprise to develop a white oil products storage terminal at Port Dukem, in Ethiopia. The new development will be the biggest in capacity among the country’s depots at 240 000 cubic metres, and the first to store and handle aviation fuel.


gerrit lokIt will be able to accommodate refined petroleum, white products receipt, and other related facilities. It will also have storage and distribution facilities, including product storage tanks, a tank truck and rail wagon receipt facility, as well as a tank truck loading gantry with allied piping/automation.

With support from SMEC International, SMEC South Africa will provide the services on an EPCM basis in two phases. Phase 1 will include basic engineering, front-end- engineering (FEED) and tender preparation and evaluation. Phase 2 includes construction supervision and support for the project implementation. International support will be provided by SMEC Oil and Gas process team in Pakistan, the Surbana Jurong Oil and Gas master planning team in Singapore, and the local SMEC Ethiopian office.

According to Gerrit Lok, GM for SMEC’s resources group in Africa, SMEC South Africa, with support from SMEC International, has successfully built a strong mining, oil and gas offering in Africa over the past four years. “The SMEC focus of bringing to our clients a local footprint supported by global excellence, has yet again resulted in another strategic win. This project will showcase our organisation’s collective capability in delivering complex resources projects in Africa. We are thankful for the appointment by the Ethiopian Petroleum Supply Enterprise and I am sure that the team will deliver a great project.”


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