By Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities:
Construction is well underway at Saldanha Bay’s Industrial Development Zone, which is set to position the Western Cape as a rig repair hub.
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said that enabling oil and gas servicing at Saldanha was central to Project Khulisa’s drive to grow the sector.
“Focusing specifically on upstream and midstream services such as rig repair, this sector already provides 35 000 formal jobs opportunities in the province. Through Project Khulisa, we have the aspirational goal of adding up to a further 60 000 formal jobs in this sector and increasing its economic contribution up to R3 billion, from its current R1 billion.:
Minister Winde said he had requested an update report from the Saldanha Bay Licencing Company on the progress of construction at the IDZ.
“Excavations for the various civil engineering services are taking place and trenches for sewer and water lines are being hollowed out. The roads are being box cut and the site offices, which will be a multi-user facility for contractors and trainers, is set to be completed soon.
“Transnet National Ports Authority has also started construction on its Offshore Supply Base, which is expected to be commissioned in September next year.”
Minister Winde added that civils works for the upgrade of the Saldanha Bay Wastewater Treatment Works has commenced. This upgrade will increase the capacity of the Treatment Works.
“We are also seeing healthy interest from the private sector. To date, non-disclosure agreements have been signed with 20 local and international investors. The activity at the IDZ is a result of partnerships between the Western Cape Government, the local municipality, Transnet and the National Department of Trade and Industry.”