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Rising populations drive up the demand for water, energy, infrastructure, agriculture, etc. which require vehicles, machines and equipment. Process Industries, a business line within Thyssenkrupp Industrials, has identified a number of growth areas in Africa for liquid fuel storage as a result of their rapid population growth.

“Having looked closely at this market, we have identified good growth potential not only in South Africa but also in countries with rapidly growing populations like Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania,” says Process Industries Business Product Developer and Futurist Louis W. Coetzee.

Liquid fuel storage is a highly competitive industry with costs such as accumulative transportation tariffs along each leg of the supply chain, from terminals to storage depots to fuel stations. Thyssenkrupp has therefore created a complete tank farm solution that is cost effective and efficient.

“Not only are we revisiting our standard engineering expertise to be able to develop new products for customers but we have also adjusted our horizontal approach to a vertical one to add holistic Front End Loading (FEL) to our traditional EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) portfolio,” Coetzee says.

He adds that Process Industries delivers a tariff target based solution in the pre-feasibility phase (FEL 1) and feasibility phase (FEL 2). The company plans to automate the basic engineering phase (FEL 3) as well.

Instead of taking risks on behalf of third party contractors at a cost to customers, Thyssenkrupp has adopted a horizontal consortia approach where the risk responsibilities now lie with the particular executing contractor. This enables the company to reduce costs for customers. Coetzee says that in order to ensure that customers receive the best possible solution, Thyssenkrupp has the ability to source detail engineering required in the EPC stage from its centre of excellence in India.

In the EPC phase, Thyssenkrupp provides services such as instrumentation and control, as well as structural and civils through third part collaboration. “Process Industries has considerable experience in the petrochemical industry but the business line’s in-depth expertise in the field of liquid fuel storage motivated the decision to develop a cost effective holistic solution for this sector. A key value add for us is that we are able to implement this new-knowledge age strategy across any industry, the only proviso being that it must lend itself to standardisation,” Coetzee concludes.

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