21 Mar 2016 12:40pm
HUSAB, 21 MAR (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob and visiting Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Sunday toured the oil tanker jetty currently under construction northeast of Walvis Bay.
They were accompanied by Namibian First Lady Monica Geingos, her Malian counterpart Aminata Keita and various Namibian ministers.
The delegation also visited the site of the container terminal under construction at the Port of Walvis Bay.
The 1.7 kilometre-long oil tanker jetty is worth more than N.dollars 1 billion and is the first phase of the national fuel storage facility.
The storage facility includes the jetty, onshore facilities, pipelines and most importantly the tank farm anticipated to store about 75 million litres of oil.
I am excited to come and open these projects once they are completed. Just finish them and tell me to come open, Geingob told Namibian Ports Authority (NamPort) Chief Executive Officer Bisey Uirab.
The construction of the jetty started in March 2015.
Towards the end of next year, we should be able to complete the jetty. The container terminal, which commenced in May 2014 will also be finished by end of 2017. We take pride in these projects as they are major developments for Namibia, Uirab said.
The oil tanker jetty consists of two 60 000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) berths with a lifespan of 35 years.
Once completed, the tank farm will store aviation gas, diesel, petrol and marine diesel.
Mines and Energy Minister Obeth Kandjoze, who was also present during the tour, explained the storage facility will be the biggest in the country.
It also allows us as a country to import and store enough fuel which can keep us going for more than 30 days should there be a crisis in the international oil industry and importing is affected, Kandjoze said.
Geingob and Keita also visited the Seawork Fish Processor factory Sunday before leading the delegation back to Windhoek for the 26th Independence Anniversary celebration on Monday, where Keita is the guest of honour amongst many domestic and international dignitaries.