Following the successful introduction of a deep-sea bunkering service off Port Elizabeth the Eastern Cape has set itself the target of being the leading bunkering stop-over in Africa, according to according to Mlibo Qoboshiyane, Eastern Cape MEC for rural development and agrarian reform.
He was speaking at the South African Maritime Industry Conference (SAMIC 2017) being hosted in Port Elizabeth.
“The province is targeting liquid fuels including bunkering services and biofuels; gas to power generation; development of commercial and industrial gas; and oil rigs service industry.
“Our vision as the province is to become the biggest bunkering service centre on the continent.
“We are pleased with the progress in the first offshore bunkering services that started in May 2016. It has proved beyond reasonable doubt that Nelson Mandela Bay is the most suitable location for offshore bunkering services,” he said.
There are also plans for a gas pipeline linking a new terminal in the port of Ngqura to Mossgas.
“The commitment by the national government to allocate 1000MW gas to power generation at Coega IDZ is warmly welcomed.
“The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) in partnership with Nelson Mandela University is in the advanced stages of baseline studies on the shale gas potential in the Karoo and other parts of the province.
“These initiatives place the Coega IDZ and Ngqura Port in a better position for Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) industry and gas to power generation,” he said.
In addition to the proposed pipeline from Ngqura to Mossgas the Department of Economic Affairs is “also exploring feeding East London Port with Liquid Natural Gas to supply industry around the Buffalo City Metro and the Wild Coast Special Economic Zone,” he said.
Issued by: Siyathetha Communications.