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The South African government has granted Oiltanking MOGS Saldanha (OTMS) environmental authorization for a 13.2 million bbl commercial crude storage and  blending terminal.

The project is a joint venture between OTGC Holdings and MOGS.

The terminal will be located at Saldanha Bay, and be comprised of twelve in-ground concrete tanks.

Over the past two years, eight specialist studies were conducted to assess the environmental impact of the project.

OTMS also conducted a marine oil pollution control study.

The 12 tanks have a collection layers under them to collect oil in the event of a leak. Leaked oil will then be relayed to an underground collection point for routing to a nonleaking tank.

OTMS says this layer will be continuously monitored for potential leaks.