Standard Chartered House
Banjul area head office
16 Kairaba Avenue
Fajara M Section
& Mandinari Village
Kombo North, Western Region
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 4396288
The Gam-Petroleum company has a modern storage facility
at the Mandinari Fuel Storage Depot located on the Western
Region of The Gambia.
Inaugurated on the 24th May, 2008, it was built at a
cost of €32 million (US $50 million). Equity for the
project was split between Gam-Petroleum's holding group,
Total International, which will be the exclusive supplier
of petroleum products for the new terminal, and partly
from Gambian and European banks.
Built according to international standards with SGS
certification, it consists of 17 fuel tanks. The total
storage capacity of the site is 51,000 metric tons of
heavy and light fuel oils as well as LPG (liquid propane
gas), and includes 19 loading bays for tanker trucks,
state-of-the-art technology in gauging and metering
equipment, a fully equipped LPG bottling plant
and 3 off-shore pipelines of 2.5 km each to access the
draft for birthing big fuel tankers.
Gam-Petroleum now operates the sub-region's largest
oil and gas storage container facility which is set
to boost supply not only in The Gambia but also in neighbouring
countries, and it is hoped that the terminal will act
as a a refuelling stop and bunkering hub for vessels
en route to South Africa and South America.
The one existing terminal in the country was built in
the 1940s in Banjul at Half-Die area, and has a limited
capacity to supply the whole of The Gambia with just
under 1 month of fuel. This has always meant that petroleum
imports had to be timed exactly. When oil tankers were
delayed at other ports or on the high seas, it often
resulted in shortages, and a halt in supply. The only
other heavy fuel oil storage facilities in the country
are situated at the power generation plants, which had
meant extra costs in transport as fuel was taken by
transport to the plants from the port. The Mandinari
fuel depot can hold 6 months of the Gambia's fuel and
gas consumption from the current storage capacity of
less than a month.
This increased fuel storage capacity will have accompanying
secondary effects on availability and prices which in
turn have significant effects on domestic developments.