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bridge over the MR559. Fencing and access control points in support of the customs zone are being constructed. Three major projects are underway or in the planning stage, overseen by national government, the Southern African Oil and Gas Alliance and the SBIDZ-LC: Offshore Supply Base Basil Read won the contract to extend TNPA’s general maintenance quay to create an Offshore Supply Base (OSB). The quayside is 294m with a further 3.8ha being available onshore for support operations. It will cater for ships and rigs looking for oil along both coasts of Africa, and any other rigs passing along the coast.

Saldanha Bay The West Coast region, including the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), has attracted 34 investors who have signed Memorandums of Understanding. Considerable planning has gone into positioning the SBIDZ as a hub for a range of maritime repair activities and oil rig maintenance and repair. The National Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and DEDAT have collectively invested R500-million in core infrastructure at the Saldanha Bay IDZ and a lease agreement has been signed with Transnet National Ports Authority. The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone has formally been in existence since 2013 and it has ambitious plans to tap further into the burgeoning oil rig maintenance and repair business. The SBIDZ fits neatly into two over-arching visions: Operation Phakisa and Project Khulisa, the targeted growth strategy of the Western Cape Provincial Government which includes servicing and repairing of oil rigs as a priority. Priority sectors at Saldanha are upstream Oil and Gas and Marine Engineering and Services. The IDZ is run by the SBIDZ-Licencing Company which works together with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on many joint projects. These are being undertaken to create good conditions for possible investors. Quayside infrastructure has been upgraded, including a waste-water treatment plant and a new road and

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Berth 205 This is the name of a planned specialised Rig and Vessel Repair Quay which will be able to cater to the latest design in oil rigs. Mossgas Jetty Equipment and vessel -ser vicing f acilit y : this planned 1 000-metre long jetty will be perpendicular to the shoreline of the Port of Saldanha Bay. It will have a maximum width of 120m and be able to serve several ships or rigs in need of repairs or servicing at the same time. In addition, there will be a floating dock. TNPA has done studies on the possible location of the jetty and the local and international market will be canvassed for companies to do the work. Saldanha has not been chosen by the National Department of Energy (DoE) to host a gas-to-power plant: Richards Bay and Coega (Port Elizabeth) have instead been listed as the sites for 2 000MW and 1 000MW plants, if private investors for projects at those ports can be found. The Provincial Government of the Western Cape has asked the DoE to reconsider and wants Saldanha to be allocated at least 1 000MW potential for private companies to consider bidding to run such a power plant. If gas was used to generate power, the next step would be for factories to consider using gas and then the whole energy mix could be transformed.

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Western Cape Business 2019  

A unique guide to business, investment and tourism in the Western Cape. The 2019 edition of Western Cape Business is the 12th issue of this...

Western Cape Business 2019  

A unique guide to business, investment and tourism in the Western Cape. The 2019 edition of Western Cape Business is the 12th issue of this...

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