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Transnet commissions GL Noble Denton software for multi-product pipeline training

(PresseBox) (London/UK, ) Transnet, South Africa's principal petroleum and gas pipeline operator has awarded a significant contract to GL Noble Denton to provide its Stoner Pipeline Simulation (SPS) software for use on Transnet's multi-product pipeline.

The software will be used to deliver in-depth training programmes to Transnet employees who will operate the company's new 550 kilometre multi-product pipeline (NMPP). SPS uses state-of-the-art simulation to allow operators to replicate a variety of scenarios that the pipeline may experience during its lifecycle.

The software will be tailored to Transnet's individual training requirements and configured to accurately re-create any aspect of the NMPP petroleum pipeline. It will allow the pipeline's operators to learn to recognise potential technical problems with the pipeline; respond to emergency situations; and develop an understanding of the dynamic operation of the pipeline in a virtual environment.

The system will also provide full training records management for each operator, allowing Transnet to manage its pipeline operation training programmes effortlessly.

GL Noble Denton has been contracted to provide the design, engineering, training, testing and commissioning of the software, which will be implemented in time for the start of the pipeline's operations at the end of this year.

Colin Weir, GL Noble Denton's Senior Vice President for Software Solutions, said: "GL Noble Denton's Stoner Pipeline Simulation (SPS) solution will give Transnet the confidence that their control room operators will have the training and experience to operate the NMPP Pipeline safely and efficiently"

The pipeline will transport gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from Durban to South Africa's industrial and business centre, the Gauteng province. It has been constructed to meet the growing fuel demand of the Gauteng region, and will allow Transnet to significantly reduce the volume of fuel transported by road.

About GL Noble Denton

GL Noble Denton, part of the GL Group, is a global independent provider of technical services and software to the oil and gas industry. The company works with some of the sector's best known corporations to provide a wide range of services across the lifecycle of their assets.

GL Noble Denton's expertise spans upstream operations, such as on- and offshore exploration, production and delivery storage; midstream import, storage and processing; and downstream distribution. With over 3,500 employees and a presence more than 80 countries, GL Noble Denton plays a key role in helping to design and develop, operate and optimise, and assure some of the industry's most innovative solutions.

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About Transnet

Transnet is fully owned by the South African government and operates the countries Ports, Freight Terminals, Rail Networks and Pipelines. It aims at developing South African industry, reducing the cost of doing business, while at the same time operating efficiently and profitably.