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PosOnderwerp: DURBAN AIRPORT FUELLINE HAZARDOUS   Sat May 15, 2010 6:56 pm

YEA....LET US TAKE A GUESS....WAS IT A "FAR RIGHT WING" CONTRACTOR.....OR WAS IT A "FAR LEFT-WING" BEE CONTRACTOR. MY GUESS. ACCORDING TO ANC MISINFORMED SOURCES- IT WAS ACTUALLY THE "FAR LEFT-WINGED" BEE CONTRACTOR THAT- AS USUAL- SCREWED-UP LIKE HIS GOVERNMENT DOES- BUT, AS WE KNOW- IT WILL BE - AS USUAL....BLAMED ON THE "FAR RIGHT-WING" CONTRACTOR THAT "WANT TO SABOTAGE THE 2010 WC."....ACCORDING TO ANC SCREWDER-UP " POLICE SPOKESMEN".



Airport in cover-up of serious fuel line leaks

May 9, 2010 12:00 AM | By Buddy Naidu and Simpiwe Piliso

Confidential documents as well as contractors and senior airport managers this week revealed that poor welding and leaks on a 10km fuel pipeline posed a severe health hazard.

Senior managers and members of the development team revealed to the Sunday Times that they also feared the possibility of an explosion within the 2000ha airport grounds.

Parts of the steel pipeline pass through and beneath bustling sections of the airport, including the 6500-bay car park, administration offices and taxiways connecting runways with ramps, hangars, and the three-level terminal.

More than 8000 defective welds have been identified and repaired on the pipeline since January.

And, the Sunday Times has established, just hours before the opening last week, inspectors uncovered more than 17 additional, serious, leaks.

Repair work on the fuel system, which has a storage capacity of 6000m³ - equivalent to six million litres of fuel - has cost about R100-million since January. The entire system was initially budgeted to cost R130-million.

Engineering consultants hired on the airport development have recommended that sections of the faulty pipeline be replaced - but only after the World Cup so as not to affect airport operations.

The repair work involved excavating large tracts of the airport. Some of the pipes are buried 7m deep.

Some of the documents, which also contain minutes of several management meetings held by Acsa with contractors, also reveal that:

•Prior to the repair work there were no quality certificates or records to locate more than 300 welded joints on the concrete line. Between February and March, contractors worked 24 hours a day to fix more than 16000 defective welds; and
•Acsa and the contractor planned a cover-up, with what they termed "positive spin", should the fuel pipeline leakage be discovered by the media.
The first faults were detected in November last year.

Acsa spokesman Solomon Makgale declined to comment, saying that the Ilembe Consortium, the contractor responsible for the entire airport development, was still in charge of dealing with any queries regarding work and repairs.

On Friday, Ilembe's project director, Duncan Barry, denied that the faulty pipelines were dangerous, saying the leaks were "an old problem that has been rectified".

Documents, including minutes of "confidential" meetings, reveal that Encon Engineering Projects, consultants hired by Ilembe, submitted an application two weeks ago to Acsa requesting a time extension on the repair work.

Minutes from a January meeting between Acsa and the developers show how they plotted to downplay the leakages with "positive spin".

Managers stressed that Barry had to inform the media that the "the potential problem is being rectified".

Barry this week said the fuel line had been fitted with a sophisticated leak detection system that would raise alarms and shut off pumping fuel in the unlikely event of any accident.

Critics have long sounded warning bells, questioning the soaring costs and feasibility of the R8-billion airport. Initially only R3-billion had been budgeted for construction.

Durban, which will host seven World Cup matches, expects 100000 visitors during the tournament.
http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytim...uel-line-leaks


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