Another first for Namport

04 March 2019 | Infrastructure

Namport recently received a consignment of petroleum coke commonly referred to as Petcoke from the United States of America.

The 37 800 tons shipment is the first of its kind to be handled by Namport and will take ten days to be packed, confirmed Taná Pesat, Namport manager for corporate communications.

It will be transported with trucks via the Trans-Caprivi corridor to Zambia.

Namport’s senior manager: commercial Immanuel !Hanabeb hailed this achievement as a testimony of good relations fostered with the international market.

He said this was a trial run and that the port authority was looking forward to welcome more consignments.

Pesat further explained that Petcoke is a by-product of bitumen and is utilised in the crude oil industry.

“It refers to all types of carbonaceous solids obtained in petroleum processing, which include green or raw calcined and needle petroleum coke. It is used in many applications, including electrodes and anodes, and as fuel in the metal and brick industries.”

Petroleum coke is a material which is also relatively low in cost and high in heat value and carbon content, with good chemical stability. This makes it an efficient and cost effective fuel for producing metal, brick and related products.

Due to its innate nature it is a preferred fuel for running furnaces for long durations. Because it is mostly elemental carbon it burns without contaminating materials it is heating. When burned, fuel-grade Petcoke produces very little or no ash, a favourable fuel characteristic for many industries, including cement manufacturing kilns and power generation plants.

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