WINDHOEK: Should oil be discovered in Namibia, the current available ports will not be able to accommodate the oil industry’s requirements, the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport)’s Sales and Services’ Manager Elias Mwenyo said on Thursday.
Mwenyo was speaking at the two-day International Oil and Gas Conference that kicked off here on Thursday.
He said the current ports cannot accommodate large-scale bulk and break bulk volumes, while the current liquid bulk infrastructure is too small to cater for the huge Southern African Development Community (SADC) demands.
Namport is in the process of constructing a new container terminal to the tune of N.dollars 3,2 billion at Walvis Bay.
The new terminal will include a 40 hectare terminal, 600 metres of quay wall length, and also have the capacity to accommodate 600 000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU) and 5 000 TEU container vessels.
The dredged depth of the terminal, which currently stands at -14 metres, will ultimately be -16 metres.
“The port of Walvis Bay cannot expand its footprint without major reclamation. Both ports are currently boxed-in by the towns of Lüderitz and Walvis Bay, and the current expansion project on reclaimed land will only address the container handling and not bulk, break-bulk and ship repair,” he explained.
Namport has N.dollars 2,5 billion in assets, handles 5,4 million tonnes of cargo per year and receives 350 ship calls per month.
The conference ends on Friday.