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An analysis of perceptions and awareness of risk associated with energy pipelines in South Africa

Tatenda Mbara, Hugo van den Berg
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 5, No 1 | a75 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v5i1.75 | © 2011 Tatenda Mbara, Hugo van den Berg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 November 2011 | Published: 30 November 2011

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Tatenda Mbara, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Hugo van den Berg, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract

Worldwide, there has been a rapid growth in the use of pipelines to transport energy products. Due to the strategic nature of energy products that are transported by pipelines, the importance of risk awareness, assessment and management cannot be over-emphasised. With the risk of pipeline disruptions increasing globally, energy pipeline organisations are compelled to incorporate measures that should help to identify and address areas that can lead to energy pipeline disruptions. The incorporation of such measures for any organisation is premised on an understanding and appreciation of the risks involved. Given the strategic importance of energy pipelines, the main purpose of this paper is to establish whether the South African energy pipeline sector and the public at large appreciate the risks associated with energy pipelines. Thus, the paper seeks to ascertain awareness of the risks associated with the energy pipeline's physical environment, not only from the energy pipeline operators, but also from communities who are exposed to such risks. Data for the study was collected from energy pipeline operators and from a selected residential area in Johannesburg using both structured and unstructured questionnaires. The findings show that the corporate energy sector in South Africa is aware of risks associated with energy pipeline supply chains while the general public's awareness is very low.

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