Expansion of Francistown Government Petroleum Reserve Storage Depot
A study undertaken by Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) between 2012 and 2014 revealed that there are three main petroleum product consumption areas in Botswana. These are:
- The south eastern area represented by Gaborone;
- The north eastern area represented by Francistown;
- And the western area represented by Gantsi/Maun.
These areas were found to constitute 57%, 35% and 8% of the overall national consumption of petroleum products respectively. The study recommended the construction of Tshele Hills oil storage with a capacity of 150 million litres; expansion of Francistown by 30 million litres and construction of Gantsi oil storage facility with 15 million litre capacity to augment the existing two government storage installations currently in use.
On the basis of the above, the Government of Botswana through Botswana Oil Limited (BOL) is working to expand the existing storage capacity for petrol and diesel in Francistown to meet the government’s strategic storage programme. In addition, BOL seeks to construct an appropriately sized road and rail loading and off-loading gantries to enable effective and efficient supply and distribution of fuel.
These operational requirements arose from a change in the operational philosophy of the installations from being purely strategic to being both commercial and strategic operations. This new operational philosophy would enable attainment of BOL’s mandate of ensuring security and efficiency of fuel supply, maintenance of strategic petroleum reserve facilities and facilitation of citizen oil companies’ to participate meaningfully in the petroleum sector.