Acetylene production plant to open in Arandis

02 Aug 2015 11:00am
ARANDIS, 02 AUG (NAMPA) - A gas production plant which will supply acetylene and oxygen is expected to open in the mining town of Arandis.
Acetylene is a colourless gas widely used as fuel for cutting torches in the mining industry.
Sam Beukes of Kryso Investments Namibia on Friday told Nampa in an interview the plant will be operational within six months and will distribute its products nationally.
The Namibia Custom Smelters (NCS) oxygen plant commissioned in 2010 at Tsumeb is the only one of its kind currently operational in the country.
NCS however only produces gas for the smelter and does not sell to other companies or the public.
“We will first start with the production of Acetylene and then after two or three years we will put up an oxygen production plant,” said Beukes.
He and partner Stephen Viljoen gave a presentation of the project’s case study at the official opening of the third Arandis Investment Conference and Uranium Festival on Friday.
Beukes told this news agency at the moment his company imports oxygen from South Africa for distribution in Namibia.
He said the N.dollars 15 million plant is envisaged to cater for the shortage of oxygen supply in the country, and reduce the country's reliance on on South Africa.
“The mining sector is hungry for oxygen. Sometimes the gas gets finished especially at Walvis Bay and people have to wait for days to get it from South Africa. This is the reason we want to produce and distribute it from here,” he said.
He said Kryso chose Arandis as a location for the factories due to its abundant land for the project.
“For Acetylene, we will employ three people but we will provide employment to a total of 10 people once all the plants are operational,” he said.
Beukes said the company plans to supply gas to mines such as Rössing Uranium, Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine and Langer Heinrich Uranium.
The festival, held under the theme ‘Arandis, the gateway to industrialisation excellence', was aimed at marketing the town to local and international potential investors, as well as providing a networking platform.
The two-day event which ended on Saturday was attended by town mayors, councillors, ministers and representatives of various businesses, especially from the uranium mining industry.