Mr R A Lees (DA-KZN) to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises:Whether the construction of the new multi-products pipeline from Durban to Gauteng has been completed; if not, (a) why not, (b) when will it be completed, (c) what still needs to be constructed and/or completed and (d) what are the details of the costs (i) to date and (ii) that are expected to be incurred; if so, what are the relevant details? CW405EReply:According to Transnet:(a) It successfully completed the first phase of the New Multi-Product Pipeline (NMPP) project in January 2012 with the successful commissioning of the 555km of 24inch pipe trunk line between Durban and Jameson Park with its three pump stations situated at Tweni in Durban, Hilltop near Pietermaritzburg and Mnambithi near Ladysmith. This trunk line has transported 3.518 billion litres of diesel since commissioning (January 2012 to July 2013). The three inland 16inch pipelines (160km in total) were commissioned in May 2011. (b-c) The current phase of the NMPP project is the construction and commissioning of the Coastal Terminal (Terminal 1) at Island View in Durban and the Inland Terminal (Terminal 2) at Jameson Park near Heidelberg. As indicated in the media statement released by Transnet in November 2012, this phase was scheduled to be completed by December 2013. However, due to abnormal inclement weather experienced in the Durban area (intense and prolonged rain and wind have been classified as a 1 in 30 year weather event), the construction of Terminal 1 experienced some delays which affected the December 2013 completion date. The project schedule is currently being revised and it is anticipated that the project will be completed in 2014.(d)(i) The NMPP project cost to date (as at July 2013) is R19.3bn.(d)(ii) The anticipated NMPP project cost still to be incurred is R4bn. These costs are still forecast to not exceed the project’s budget of R23.4bn.