Environmental Impact Assessment

Burgan Oil


Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) identified the establishment of a coastal fuel storage facility in the Port of Cape Town as a strategic business opportunity and released a tender for the establishment of such a facility. Burgan Cape Terminals were awarded the tender to develop the facility.

Burgan's objective is to be an industry leader in the field of oil and fuel storage and related services, through employing the best skills and ensuring the company has appropriate capital support to deliver a professional and "best practice" service to the South African Oil Industry.

The facility will have a total working volume tank capacity of approximately 110 000m² with the following tankage capacities:

  • Diesel (AGO): 4 x14,000m3 + 3 × 9,500m3 tanks
  • Petrol (ULP): 3 × 9,000m3 tanks
  • Ethanol: 1 x 1,700m3 service tank
  • Bio Fame:  1 x 1,800m3 service tank

Bunds have been designed to contain 110 percent of the nominal capacity of the largest tank contained within the bund. To achieve this bund walls are required to be 2.5m high for the ULP/AGO bund (bund A) and 2.1m high for the AGO/Ethanol/FAME bund (bunds B and C). The Ethanol storage tank will be an internal floating roof (IFR) tank, increasing the safety of storage for this product.

Drainage systems consist of storm water, sewer and oil-water separators.

Other on site infrastructure include access roads, an office block, a six bay road loading gantry, additive storage tanks, pump stations, a water reservoir, a Vapour Recovery Unit (VRU) and bunded areas which houses all the tanks. The facility will also have a fuel system and fire protection system.

The site itself, on the Eastern Mole, is split into two plots.  Plot 1 consists of the road gantry and loading area, as well as office building. Plot 2 is the tank storage area. The plots are divided by the Fuel Firing Systems (FFS) oil storage facility.

The facility will be supplied, via pipeline, by the Chevron Refinery and, via ship, from the Eastern Mole Berth 2.

Environmental authorisation was granted for this project on 8 June 2015 (EIA reference number E12/2/4/2-A2/75-3030/11). 

An application for an Air Emissions License is in the process of being submitted to the City of Cape Town, Air Quality Management. 

During the EIA an Air Quality  Assessment Report  (dated January  2014 and compiled by D. Dracoulides and  A. Xu of DDA Environmental Engineers) confirmed that   the  emissions of  volatile  organic  compounds  ("VOC's") associated with  the  fuel storage  and  distribution  facility  will  fall below  the  National Ambient  Air Quality  Standards and  will  therefore not  have   a  significant negative impact  on  the  environment. The Air Quality  Assessment Report also confirmed that with  the installation  of the Vapour  Recovery Unit, the emitted quantities  of VOC's  as a result of  the fuel storage  and  distribution  facility will be reduced. 

Subsequently, in 2015, the final Vapour Recovery Unit (VRU) design information was finalised. The actual expected emission quantities were determined and an update the air quality impacts and the dispersion modelling study were documented in an addendum dated September 2015. The addendum provided the updated emissions information and the assessment of the operational phase of the project and concluded that the operation of the VRU is expected to have a significant mitigation effect on the emitted quantities from the terminal. The benzene concentrations around the terminal are within the South African annual ambient guideline and the carcinogenic risk and long-term human health risk arising from the terminal are considered negligible.

Copies of the Air Quality  Assessment Report, Air Quality  Assessment Report Addendum and draft Air Emissions License application can be viewed or downloaded below.



Burgan Cape Terminals Air Quality Assessment 2014.pdf

Burgan Cape Terminals Air Quality Assessment Addendum 2015.pdf

Burgan Cape Terminals AEL application.pdf


Environmental Authorisation - June 2015 (818Kb PDF)

Cover & Non-Technical Summary.pdf

Table of Contents, Acronyms & Abbreviations.pdf

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Administrative Framework

Chapter 3 - Approach and Methodology

Chapter 4 - Project Description

Chapter 5 - Needs and Desirability

Chapter 6 - Environmental Baseline

Chapter 7 - Socioeconomic Baseline

Chapter 8 - Impact Assessment

Chapter 9 - Conclusion and Recommendations

Chapter 10 - Reference


Annexure A - Burgan Oil HSE Policy

Annexure B - Photographs

Annexure C - Public Participation Documentation

Annexure D - Comments & Reponses Report.pdf

Annexure E - Authority Communications

Annexure F - Air Quality Specialist Report

Annexure G - Traffic Specialist Report

Annexure H - MHI Risk Assessment.pdf

Annexure I - Economic Specialist Report

Annexure J - Contaminated Site Assessment

Annexure K - EMP.pdf

Contact Information

All comments and questions can be directed to Tougheeda Aspeling of ERM.

Tel: 021 681 5400
Fax: 021 686 0736 
Email: [email protected] 
Postal Address: Postnet Suite 90, Private Bag X12, Tokai 7966