Secunda–Durban Lilly Gas Pipeline

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The Secunda–Durban Gas Pipeline, also known as the Lilly Pipeline, is an existing natural gas pipeline, running from Secunda to Durban, South Africa.


The pipeline runs from Secunda, Mpumalanga province, to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa.

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The 600-km, 16-inch Secunda–Durban gas pipeline was originally built in 1973 as a part of a longer refined multi-products pipeline, carrying refined products from Durban to the Witwatersrand, but it became underutilized. In 1995 most of the pipeline was repurposed as a gas pipeline, carrying gas in the opposite direction, from Secunda to Durban, with additional off-take points at Newcastle and Empangeni/Richards Bay. It is owned by Transnet. Its capacity is currently limited to 23 million GJ per year, or 0.61 bcm/year.[1][2]

Project Details

  • Operator: Transnet
  • Parent Company: Government of South Africa
  • Current capacity: 0.61 billion cubic meters per year
  • Length: 600 kilometers
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Date: 1973/1995

Articles and resources


  1. Pipeline Development Plan, 30-Year Long-Term Planning Framework, Transnet, 2017, p. 330.
  2. Operations, Transnet Pipelines, accessed June 2020.

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