Dundee welcomes new rail tankers

02 Mar 2017 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 02 MAR (NAMPA) – Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb (DPMT) on Wednesday welcomed the 90 sulphuric acid tankers acquired by TransNamib, saying it will serve as a reliable and safer mode of transport for DPMT products.
Speaking at the launch of the acid tankers, two reach stackers and six locomotives in the capital on Wednesday, DPMT Vice-President and Managing Director, Zebra Kasete said this mode of transport will save time, resources and money.
“For any country to attract investment, it must have a reliable and efficient transport system, which ensures that the product arrives at the destination and reaches the customer in the shortest possible time,” he said.
Kasete stressed that safety is always important to Dundee, noting that the railway option is the safest to transport products and they are prepared to handle any eventuality.
He appealed to the tertiary education sector - both universities and vocational training centres - to review their programmes in order to produce skills required to maintain such high technology equipment.
DPMT and TransNamib entered into a 10-year rail transport agreement worth over N.dollars 1 billion in 2015 to transport sulphuric acid and copper concentrate on the Walvis Bay-Tsumeb corridor.
Speaking at the same occasion, Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb said since the agreement came into force more than a year ago, more than 400 000 tonnes of sulphuric acid and copper concentrate have been efficiently transported, generating much needed revenue for TransNamib.
!Naruseb commended DPMT for unveiling its new acid plant, which he said augments Dundee’s commercial returns and presents an affirmation of long-term business interests in Namibia by ensuring a positive impact to Namibia’s economy, environmental sustainability and community development.
“Our Government had since undertaken to create an enabling logistics environment so as to ensure that anticipated benefits are realised,” he said.