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Transnet has selected GE Oil and Gas to supply electric motor-driven pump packages for a new multi-product pipeline that will play a key role in supporting South Africa’s economic growth.

The pipeline will stretch from Durban Harbour to Johannesburg and will supply diesel, petrol and jet fuel for inland markets that have limited refining capacity.

To meet the country’s immediate and future demands this will be a fast-track project – commissioning of the first sections of the pipeline is scheduled to begin in mid-2010.

GE Oil and Gas will supply 19 pumps with variable frequency drives, chillers and lube oil systems to be installed at five stations along the route of the pipeline.

GE will utilise a consolidated high-efficiency pump design to maximise reliability.

In addition, only two types of hydraulic systems will be used for the 19 pumps, so spare parts can be interchanged more readily.

The pumps for the Transnet project will be centrifugal pumps designed for high efficiency and a high degree of fluid dynamic optimisation.

They will be capable of meeting a range of operating requirements for the pipeline over its estimated 20-30 year operating life.

More than 17,000 GE centrifugal pumps are installed around the world for process, refinery, water injection, oil pipeline, boiler feed and water cooling applications.

These pumps are compliant with API 610-ISO 13709 industry standards and meet the most severe service requirements, including continuous service with high mean time before failure.

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