09 Jul 2013 12:30
WALVIS BAY, 09 JUL (NAMPA) - Construction of phase one of the new Southern African Development Community (SADC) Gateway Port at Walvis Bay will commence in 2014.
Port engineer at the Namibia Port Authority (Namport), Elzevir Gelderbloem said this during a media conference on Namport?s mid-year operations? update here on Tuesday.
Gelderbloem said a new tanker berth forms part of the first construction phase, and this will be constructed at a cost of N.dollars 1.6 billion financed by the Namibian Government.
The rest of the phases are estimated to amount to about N.dollars 30 billion.
Some of the main features of the new ?North Development? Gelderbloem outlined include a total area of 1 330 hectares of port land; 10 000 metre of quay walls and jetties to yield approximately 30 large berths, huge under-cover dry bulk terminal, bulk terminal with very large crude carrier, multi-purpose and break bulk terminals, and new high-capacity rail, road, pipeline and conveyor link to the area of the envisioned logistics park behind Dune 7.
Gelderbloem indicated that the current port is acting as a gateway into the SADC region, and as a result, has become too congested.
He stated that for the first decade, the new SADC Gateway Port located north of Walvis Bay, between the Kuisebmond residential area and Bird Island en route to Swakopmund, will place its focus on handling bulk cargo.
?We are not only looking at containers, but the port will be looking at the whole SADC needs. With the construction of the new port, it will take the current port capacity up to a level whereby it will serve SADC for the next century,? Gelderbloem said.
He continued that several projects forced Namport to fast-track the implementation of this SADC gateway port.
Amongst these are a TransKalahari railway line which will bring cargo on rail from the heart of SADC, and if it is constructed the port will not be able to cope with all the cargo; Botswana?s coal exports which go hand in hand with the railway line; and Namibia?s crude oil industry which will need large facilities.
?The construction of the new northern port will de-congest the current town of Walvis Bay?s traffic corridors and will link up with the heavy industrial park behind Dune 7 to the port,? Gelderbloem explained.
Also speaking during the conference, Namport?s Chief Executive Officer, Bisey Uirab described the construction of the SADC Gateway Port as Namport?s largest development project.