Seal-processing plant to open next year

21 Oct 2014 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 OCT (NAMPA) –The N.dollars 18 million seal-processing plant in Lüderitz will soon be a reality, with its opening scheduled for next year.
The Executive Director of the Uukumwe Youth Empowerment Consortium (UYEC) Leefa Ndilula told Nampa on Tuesday that the tenders for the construction of the plant should be out by next month so that work can start early in January 2015.
“We are ready with our architectural drawings, and we are only waiting for the finalisation of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process.
We will then submit the necessary documents to the Department of Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism for approval,” she stated.
The Uukumwe Youth Empowerment Consortium (UYEC) is a 100 per cent Namibian-owned entity initiated by young Namibians to participate in and benefit from Namibia’s fishing and marine industry through fishing rights and quota allocations.
According to documents issued by Enviro Dynamics - which is conducting an environmental scoping study for that company - it is anticipated that construction of the facility will take place over a six-month period from the initial groundbreaking, planned for early 2015.
The first phase of construction will involve the complete construction of the facility, and completion is aimed for mid-year 2015, ready for the 2016 harvesting season which starts in June.
The second phase, which is in planning, will accommodate the oil refinery and tannery plant to produce products in this range, fit for human consumption.
Ndilula said the Lüderitz Town Council is just waiting on approval from the DEA to give the go-ahead.
After timely deliberations between various role- players, it was decided to move the location of the facility from the light industrial area to a new site located in the Nautilus general industrial area (Erf 753).
According to the study, the purpose of the project is to produce a variety of high-value products derived from the various components of the seal for sale to an established Asian market.
There are mainly four different groups of products rendered and commercialised: skins, oil, meat and organs.
Approximately 300 seal cubs will be processed in this facility per day.
The cubs will be culled off-site and transported to the facility within a short timeframe, after culling, to keep carcasses fresh and viable.
In 2012, UYEC received its first quota allocation of 5 000 units of pups and 356 units of adult bulls.
In December 2011, UYEC was awarded a seven-year seal harvesting right in Wolf and Atlas Bay near Lüderitz.
The seals are harvested through the annual seal quota allocation of 80 000 young and 6 000 older seals by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.