4 March 2022 will be remembered as a special day in the Rubis Asphalt South Africa calendar. Our vessel Viveka arrived at the Cape Town Harbour with approx. 4800MT grade of bitumen 50/70. This delivery is important to us, because it is the first import of bitumen into land-based tanks in Cape Town.
Rubis Asphalt South Africa have entered into a lease agreement with FFS Refiners for the rental of 2 bulk storage tanks at their storage facility at the Eastern Mole in the Cape Town harbour. These 2 tanks, each approx. 2400MT, were originally designed for the storage of bitumen but were eventually converted to fuel oil. Through our impulsion, FFS decided to convert the tanks back into bitumen storage and following a tender process, we were named as the successful bidder.
We have a dedicated loading bay for bitumen, so we are able to offer our customers in the Western, Southern and even Eastern Cape town, hot bitumen “upon request”.
The facility is available 6 days a week and we have seen positive growth in volumes as a result. Our view for this lease agreement is as a necessary step in ensuring that our customers have peace of mind regarding availability of bitumen in the region.
Given the change in the bitumen supply landscape in South Africa, both FFS and ourselves view this as the beginning of a long-term strategic partnership which will hopefully see this being the first of many cargos being supplied into these tanks in Cape Town. Plans are already in place for our next shipment, in May 2022, which we will be offering both 50/70 and 70/100 grades.
The South African refineries landscape has changed with the closure of Astron refinery in Cape Town and Engen refinery in Durban. As a result, bitumen demand surpass the local production capabilities and imports are now required. RUBIS ASPHALT made a landmark beginning in South Africa at Durban when on 13th September 2021, the ‘VIVEKA’ berthed at Maydon Wharf, Durban. This RUBIS Bitumen delivery is also the first delivery of imported Bulk Bitumen into Durban port in almost a decade.
Following a nearly six-month period of extensive negotiations and engagements with customers and all other stakeholders, RUBIS delivered this first shipment of nearly 8900 Metric Tons of Bitumen comprising 3 different Grades (35/50, 50/70 and 70/100) into Durban and Cape Town. This is the largest shipment of bitumen ever imported in South Africa.
LOGISTICS & OPERATION
This shipment together with setting up a dedicated unloading facility and permanent bitumen storage facility has seen RUBIS ASPHALT establish their presence in this great land of explorers. After the successful discharge in Durban, the Viveka headed to Cape Town. In the late hours on Friday 24th September, the Viveka berthed in Cape Town and commenced discharge soon after. Most of the sales were done directly from the ship gantry, and we kept safety stock in Cape Town in our own bitu-containers to ensure supply reliability to our customers.
In Durban & Cape Town, we were extremely fortunate for and thank Manga Tidiane of ERES SENEGAL, Brad Coucom of BRS Group and all RUBIS ASPHALT Team members for their excellent Service & Efforts to ensure smooth and efficient cargo discharge operations with the highest compliance to the RUBIS QHSE code.
The RUBIS ASPHALT team received excellent reviews from customers and service providers alike and are already planning the next shipment in November 2021.
“If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also Roads that lead to their Goal……………” Nelson Mandela
On 11th December 2021 teams of Rubis Asphalt Middle East and Rubis Middle East Supply participated in Clean Up UAE campaign at Al Qudra Lakes in Dubai.
This event was held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
A total of 13,650 kg of waste material was collected and handed over to the municipality for further processing and disposing.
It was a good opportunity for our teams to take part in promoting sustainable development and community recycling in the UAE and to raise awareness on the importance of environment protection.
In a bid to sustain and even reinforce our positions in bitumen market in Nigeria, and with the perpetual quest to continue highly satisfying our customer requests in a tough competition market, RNL is soon going to add 20 of modern Bitumen Tankers to its existing fleet of already 100 customized trucks of the same type that deliver regular 60/70 hot bitumen and Polymer Modified Bitumen to construction sites across the whole country.
The increase became necessary because it will enable us to meet up with the high demand in the supply of Bitumen and Bituminous products at the expected quality standards and adequate temperature immediately ready for asphalt production by customers to any part of the country.
Those tankers of 45 MT product capacity each have been produced by FOTON in China on the basis of very detailed specifications imposed by RNL and have now been loaded into the ship which will bring them up to their final destination. Their expected time of dispatch is 5th of September 2021, and the transit time should be around 50 days.
For the time being, the factory has only equipped them with a classical external insulation but as soon as they arrive in Nigeria, a high-density internal insulation will be added as the last step before they can join operations. This last process owned by Ringardas and developed with a raw material which can only be obtained in Europe will be successfully carried out at our workshop in Gwagwalada by our specialized team.
The management of RNL is committed and ready to contribute their own quota to the development of road construction in Nigeria.
Rubis Asphalt Middle East is pleased to announce the creation of a new bitumen affiliate named Eres Gabon to pursue our expansion in Central Africa.
The company has been incorporated in April 2021 and will import, store and distribute bitumen to all road contractors in Gabon.
Our implantation has been triggered by a major road project called ‘Transgabonaise’, linking Libreville to Franceville with 780km road to be paved.
Our business model will be through ship to containers operations in partnership with Bollore Logistics, and we will be able to offer supply reliability and product quality to all our customers.
We have appointed Ms. Frederique Dumont to run our operations in Gabon as Deputy General Manager.
We have successfully performed our first ship delivery end of May through a good team work displayed by the bitumen division, as staff from Senegal, Cameroon, Togo, UAE and India were involved in this project.
We wish Eres Gabon and its team great success in this new venture!
At Ringardas Nigeria, we believe that the safety of lives of our employees is of paramount importance than the corporate interest of the organization.
In line with RNL’s policy on constant skills development a 2 weeks training and retraining session was organized for all Bulk Truck Operators (BTO’s), to improve performance and raise awareness on potential hazards on Nigerian roads.
The objective of the training is to develop and sharpen BTO’s on preventive maintenance and comply with the company’s zero-tolerance to accidents.
Our Bulk Truck Operators were taken through the Nigerian road environments, scanning road infrastructures, unpredictable road hazards and major causes of accidents and preventive measures.
The training emphasized the need to build purpose driven BTO’s and enlightened them on defensive driving techniques in compliance with Ringardas journey management system to boost productivity, safety, and competitiveness of the business.
Rubis Asphalt Middle East is pleased to announce the construction of its newbuild project 15 000 DWT bitumen tankers, named Bitu River.
The vessel will be designed by FKAB Marine Design, built by China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Yangzhou) Dingheng Co. Ltd and classified by RINA.
The ship building contract has been signed in July 2020 and delivery is scheduled by mid-2022.
The bitumen tanker will be able to transport 15000 mt of bitumen. It is a specially designed tanker dedicated to the shallow waters of the Gulf of Guinea, and especially the rivers of Nigeria.
It will be equipped with diesel electric propulsion, driving 2×360° azimuth thrusters for better maneuverability.
The vessel will have integral insulated cargo tanks as bitumen needs to be maintained at a temperature of 140-150°C.
The French Ambassador to Togo, H.E Mr. Marc Vizy visited Eres-Togo on Tuesday, June 02, 2020. It is a company that is working to make Lomé a sub-regional hub for bitumen supply. Eres-Togo, a subsidiary of the French group Rubis, employs around fifty Togolese employees at its Lomé terminal.
Located at the port, this terminal includes six (06) bitumen storage tanks of 6000 tonnes each. These tanks are supplied by a 1.3 km pipeline which draws the bitumen inside ships specially adapted for the hot transport of bitumen produced in Europe.
On May 28, a Rubis group vessel, the Bitu Express, carrying 45,000 tonnes of bitumen called in Lomé to reload the tanks of Eres-Togo. On this occasion, the Ambassador visited the facilities with the company of the General Manager of Eres-Togo, Mr.Jorge Rico. Accompanied by the economic advisor Mr.Pascal FOURCAUD, the marine advisor Commander Mr.Patrick NOUETTE, he was able to come on board of the ship and he noted that the company remained mobilized to serve its customers in the sub-region, in particular Benin and Niger, while applying very strict prevention measures against the pandemic ” .
H.E Mr. Marc Vizy was pleased to see a French company working, despite the crisis, to consolidate Lomé’s place as a regional hub for industrial services in accordance with the objectives of the National Development Plan.
It was little surprise that Ringardas received and responded positively to the request of the Nigeria Coaches Association Kwali Area Council (in March 2021), for sponsorship of a football competition which later commenced in the local community on 8th June. Indeed,
Ringardas found it essential and pleased to sponsor the competition by providing the following items: footballs, sets of jerseys for 8 different teams, goal post nets, trophies, medals, certificates, and t-shirts/face caps for the tournament. As it is our culture to give back to the communities where we operate. We believe this will assist the Coaches Association seeking to use the competition to develop youth talent in sport; arrest youth restiveness; and foster peaceful coexistence among members of the Area Council.
The closing ceremony of the football competition which took place on 8th, July was attended by our Corporate Affairs Manager Mrs. Nana Shaibu, who represented the Managing Director of RNL, who could not attend the event due to his busy schedule. She was invited to kick off the ball to commence the final game. And the winner of the competition was Kolo Babes. RNL’s Managing Director Mr. Philippe Goron and the Corporate Affairs Manager Mrs. Shaibu were honored with awards of recognition by the Kwali Football Council/Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Football Association (FA), following an appreciation letter sent to the company. The organizers stated that the awards represent tokens of the community’s appreciation for the support offered by Ringardas Nigeria Limited.
Ringardas is committed in its policy and practice to maintaining and expanding its outreach programs in local communities across Nigeria where we operate.
The financing by ERES Togo (Bitumen subsidiary of Rubis Energie) of the reforestation of 2 hectares in the town of Kozah 3 near Kara, is part of the national reforestation plan and aims to improve the environment of the inhabitants by limiting soil erosion and offering a future source of income with the exploitation of fruits and wood.
500 trees (coconut trees, soursop trees, caïlcedrats) have been planted and will be monitored by the NGO Envir-Afrique on land belonging to the Town Hall.
On July 17, the Management visited the site in the presence of the Mayor of the town, Hon. PISSIYOU Sami Essokudjowu and his deputies.
Access to water, which is recognized as a basic need, is very difficult in some localities.
In Senegal, the village of Ndour-Ndour located 267 km from the capital was facing a real water supply problem.
Indeed, the inhabitants had to make an obstacle course every day in order to have access to this vital resource, which considerably slowed down the development of this part of the country.
Faced with this problem, the NDIMBEUL association in partnership with ERES Senegal (bitumen subsidiary of the Rubis Energie group) has set itself the objective of improving the living conditions of these inhabitants.
A sustainable solution has been put in place to facilitate access to water. The design of a mini borehole 10 meters deep accompanied by a solar submersible pump connected to a manual fountain. The storage of water is done in a water tower and the distribution by gravity to the fountains.
As seen in this photo, at the inauguration of the well it was celebrations. The population of Ndour-Ndour welcomed this achievement with immense joy and unfailing gratitude to the NDIMBEUL association and ERES Senegal who have since the end of 2020 greatly improved their daily living conditions.
As part of Ringardas Nigeria Limited’s Corporate Social Responsibilities which is showing CARE to the host communities where we have our presence, RNL has awarded scholarship to 10 Undergraduates in Sapele Okpe Community. These students are currently studying at both Government and Private universities within Nigeria. We aim at supporting the awardees throughout the period of their studies to enable them achieve their career aspirations with ease and contribute positively to the society.
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As we continue in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic, Ringardas Nigeria Limited has boosted the response of some hospitals in the country. This was accomplished via donations of reusable nose masks to medical personnel’s in some prominent hospitals and local communities. This gesture was borne out of CARE which is also part of our core values for the communities where the company operates. It is the desire of the management of RNL to see that there is continuity in business and also find a means of coping with the NEW NORMAL since no one can tell exactly when the pandemic will be over. We hope to continue to do more in our own little way because we believe that we are stronger together when we take collective action to help each other stay safe. # Stay safe and stay healthy.