Botswana is home to the world's largest open cast diamond mine, Orapa. Every year, an average of 12 million carats are mined here. To run efficiently, the mine’s 90MW power plant needs a steady supply of high quality diesel. Demand is therefore high, but had been held back by the supply chain infrastructure in Botswana and the surrounding region.
What we did
In 2015, we invested more than $120m in a new state-of-the-art terminal in Matola, Mozambique, with 115k m3 fuel storage capacity. And because the facility is purpose built, with segregated tanks, pipes and loading bays, it prevents comingling and so ensures cleaner, lower sulphur diesel. This terminal became a new, more reliable source of high-quality fuel for the Orapa mine.
Puma Energy’s supply of cleaner fuel from its Matola facility in Mozambique means that Botswana’s mines now have a secure supply of 50ppm diesel – something that South Africa did not supply or import. Now, thanks to our new infrastructure and rigorous testing methods, the diamond industry can be assured of a consistently high-quality supply.
Botswana’s national fuel standards are among the highest in Africa with regards to sulphur levels – 3,500ppm. The fact that Puma Energy is now supplying diesel with sulphur levels as low as 50ppm is a clear step in the right direction