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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform basic planning of petroleum product movement 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119307  Perform basic planning of petroleum product movement 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Rail and Pipeline Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner credited with this unit standard will be able to perform basic planning of petroleum product movement from the original schedule, thereby ensuring the timeous, continuous and safe operation of the pipeline network, thus contributing positively to the Southern African economy.

This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the pipeline operations.

The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Pipeline Transport environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF L3
  • Mathematical literacy NQF L3
  • Electrical Safety Certification (Remote HT Switching)
  • Computer literacy NQF level 2 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate, because performance can be carried out:
  • In a controlled and safe environment
  • Within a specific time limit
  • Under actual operating conditions
  • During day and night time 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Communicate relevant information regarding changes of product movements through the pipeline network with all relevant role players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Communication systems are used correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information regarding the changes of product movements through the pipeline network is correctly communicated with relevant role players as per company procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sub-standard conditions pertaining to the changes of product movements through the pipeline network are identified and reported timeously to relevant role players. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the need for the adjustment of product movement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need for the adjustment of product movements to the existing operations is identified timeously. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Incorrect operations notices, insufficient ullage, scheduled product in short supply, sub-standard conditions in pipeline operations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The compilation of product batch labelling (slug numbering) can be explained and implemented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Correct volumes and product types relevant to the adjustment of product movements are established. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The feasibility of adjustment of product movements can be identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Possible solutions pertaining to the adjustment of product movements and the impact thereof can be explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The impact that the changes have on the operations of other pipelines can be explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Amended product volumes are compared in accordance with the shipment program and labelled correctly [e.g. to the existing or future batch volumes (slug numbers)]. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Distribute the client's product volumes and calculate changes to the intake and/or delivery times correctly, accurately and timeously. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Correct flow rates are established and used during the calculation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Client's product volumes are identified, distributed and labelled correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Intake and delivery times are calculated correctly and accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sub-standard conditions have been incorporated in the calculations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Upstream deliveries, flow rates variances, impact that a second supply station has, shut-downs and client orders
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Capture the re-scheduled product volumes and times timeously and correctly on relevant documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant amended intake and/or delivery product volumes, times and flow rates are captured on the latest operations notice as per company-specific policy procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Control centre shift hand-over book is endorsed as per company-specific policy procedures and instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
    2. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    3. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
    4. Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
    5. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be certified as competent against this unit standard and registered as an assessor to assess this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learners can understand and explain the following related to the planning of product movements:
  • Pipeline network layout
  • Operating conditions
  • Operating of specific computer systems and software
  • Operations notices
  • Communication protocols
  • Impact of pipeline maintenance
  • Product specification
  • Sub-standard identification, recording and reporting procedure
  • Sub-standard rectification
  • Pipeline capabilities (e.g. flow rates, pressures, client ullage, etc.)
  • Hosting clients (Inter client product accommodation arrangements)
  • Client receiving/supplying depot locations
  • Principles of forecast diagram drawing and scaling
  • Company codes (e.g. depot, product, cycle, etc.)
  • Calculations pertaining to the operations of the pipeline
  • Company-specific policies, procedures and instructions
  • Relevant extracts from:
    OHS Act and regulations
    Conditions of conveyance (with clients)
    Memorandum of agreement (with clients) 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Learner and societal development
    Learners can understand the importance of :
  • Being a team player in the work environment and in society.
  • Communicating effectively in the work environment and in society.
  • Their responsibility for the safety and well-being of fellow workers and society at large
  • The impact of incorrect planning of product movements 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving
    Learners can solve problems with regard to:
  • Unplanned shut-down of product movement (e.g. equipment/power failures)
  • Product specification deviations
  • Operating conditions
  • Product availability
  • Ullage availability
  • Product volume amendments
  • Company ullage
  • Pipelines operations not synchronised 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work
    Learners can work effectively in teams when:
  • Sharing and communicating information related to re-scheduling of product volumes, flow rates, intake and/or delivery times and product labelling numbering to relevant role players 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management
    A learner can organise and manage himself by:
  • Executing the task(s) responsibly
  • Maintaining a high level of discipline and flexibility
  • Adhering to time frames and prioritisation
  • Adhering to company-specific policies, procedures and instructions 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation
    Learners can interpret and evaluate the contents of:
  • Operations notices
  • Operating conditions
  • Operating systems displays
  • Log sheets
  • Transmixtures/Intermixtures and/or off-specification of product
  • Docket information
  • Cycle sheets
  • Manual and electronic type client orders (shipment program)
  • Forecast diagrams
  • Slug numbering system
  • Line displacements
  • Over or under intake or delivery
  • Line-fills
  • Accumulator tanks
  • Shift handover book 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication
    Learners can communicate information effectively with relevant role-players by utilising various communication systems related to:
  • The re-scheduling of product movements
  • The reporting of sub-standard conditions related to the re-scheduling of product movements
  • The corrective actions and re-actions to be taken
  • The sharing of information which can impact on the operations of other pipelines in the network 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology
    Learners can use science and technology by using:
  • Computer systems
  • Communication systems
  • Calculators 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems
    Learners can understand the impact and importance of the correct and accurate planning of product movements in the pipeline network (e.g. availability of product for injection, client's delivery ullages). 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Assessment process

    Assessment methods

    1. Practical tests
    2. Written tests
    3. Oral/on-the-job
    4. In situ (on-the-job) observations
    5. Simulation
    6. Structured classroom discussions and oral tests.

    These methods must be selected carefully based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, on-the-job demonstration for practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods (no less than two of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    The following tools may be used to supplement the above minimum assessment methods:

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence. The portfolio should include, inter alia:

    1. Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer(s), colleagues, peers, managers, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
    2. Previous assessment records.
    3. Logbook or registers stating evidence of performance.

    Values
    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Responsibility
  • Decisiveness
  • Trustworthiness
  • Accuracy
  • Neatness
  • Flexibility
  • Time consciousness

    Supplementary information

    Terminology

    Operations notice refers to job instructions that stipulate details related to product movements, such as the start/stop times, flow rates, volumes, client's and batch identity number.

    Forecast diagram refers to a drawing that's reflecting estimated intake and delivery times and product movements through a pipeline.

    Cycle refers to an allocated time period.

    Cycle sheet reflects the slug numbers allocated and volumes ordered for a specific cycle.

    Slug refers to a parcel or batch of product.

    Slug number refers to a label allocated to a slug.

    Product heads refer to the current positions of the starting points of different products in the flow direction of the pipeline.

    Sub-standard refers to the deviation from specifications and/or standards.

    Reporting includes relaying of information.

    Communication protocol can include, but is not limited to:
  • Personnel structures, e.g. managers, supervisors, colleagues and clients
  • Verification of messages/instructions

    Communication systems can include, but is not limited to:
  • Cellular phones
  • Telephones
  • E-mail
  • Facsimile
  • Operations management system (OMS)

    Certification and licensing

    Learners will be certified as competent when they can correctly incorporate and calculate changes to the original operations notice timeously and correctly.

    Credits
    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:

    Activity : Hours
    Theory: 16
    Self directed learning : 4
    On-the-job learning : 16
    Assessment : 8
    Total : 44
    Credits achieved: 4 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49553   Further Education and Training Certificate: Pipeline Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 
    Elective  63209   National Certificate: Energy Regulation  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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