3. Oil Storage and Transfer Infrastructure
at Saldanha Bay
SFF's oil storage installation at Saldanha is the largest facility of its kind in the world. It comprises six in-ground concrete storage tanks which have a combined capacity of 45 million barrels of oil. The tanks are linked by pipeline to an oil terminal at the Port of Saldanha where tankers either discharge or backload oil. A second 107 km long pipeline links the oil storage facilities with the Caltex refinery at Milnerton and conveys most of the refinery's crude oil requirements. Although Caltex imports crude oil independently of SFF's operations, the refinery is currently dependent on access to the Saldanha oil terminal and to SFF's oil storage infrastructure for most of its oil supply (currently about 80 percent, in future, probably 100 percent of the refinery's oil supply).