August 7. (MiningNamibia)-Namibia's state-owned petroleum firm, Namcor, said that it had issued tenders for the construction of a US$ 105 million bulk fuel storage facilities at the coastal town of Walvis Bay, US$ 105 million, Afrique en Ligne reported today.
Construction of the fuel storage facilities, the first ever for the country, is expected to start in 2009, Namcor MD Sam Beukes said Wednesday. Namcor, which is wholly owned by the state, said it would fund the construction of the 118, 000 cubic metres storage facility through debt and equity but did not disclose more details on potential equity investors, Afrique en Ligne said.
State-owned Malaysia oil firm, Petronas is being touted as one of the potential strategic partners in Namcor's storage facilities project and petroleum refinery. “Construction tender is currently running and no appointment made yet. Construction is going to commence in the first half of 2009,” Beukes said. Namcor said the storage facility would become its trump card as it focuses on the down-stream of the petroleum market in Namibia, which also involves petroleum refinery. During the construction phase, the project will create about 1,500 jobs when it starts operation. “This facility will be the first in southern Africa to have vapor recovery systems in order to eliminate any vapours in the areas, Afrique en Ligne said.
It will be a huge chance to train Namibians in field, not just to operate, but also to maintain facilities of this magnitude,” Beukes said. Namibia, a net-oil importer, consumes about 70,000 tonnes of fuel monthly. The government has been bending over backwards to encourage oil exploration, especially along the Kunene Basin and the areas surrounding the massive Kudu gas fields.