South African company plans to install fuel tank in Mozambican city of Beira

3 August 2012

South African company Tanks 4 Africa, a subsidiary of the Tank Connection Affiliate Group, is set to build and install a fireproof fuel tank with a capacity of 1,000 cubic metres at a fuel deposit in the city of Beira, Mozambique, the company said.

In a statement the company noted that the tank, costing 2.8 million rand (US$335,000), will be the largest ever built by the company and the first of its kind in Mozambique. This is Tanks 4 Africa’s first contract in the country.

The company’s operating officer, JC du Plessis, said that the tank would be built and installed in just 17 days, and that this was scheduled for September.

Noting that normally a tank of this size would take two years to build and install, du Plessis said that the company had developed an assembly system based on hydraulic jacks that mean it is not necessary to set up scaffolding or work at height.

The tank will also be covered in a coating developed by Netherlands-based company Azko Nobel, which unlike the usual paint-based coatings will increase the life cycle of the tank from the usual three years to around 20 years. (macauhub)