shit thats serious work going to be done. Just the new harbour and reclimation is big . New cement factory and industrail zones.
Wonder is steel mill has expansion plans?
So will iron ore still be exported and I read incresed?
I always thorugh the harbour would expand west instead of east to protect the langabaan area from encroachment?
This should also become the Oli and gas port of SA servicing all the needs of this sector up the african west coast. we do work on rigs in Walvis and off shore in Angola and Nigeria but the guys hate working there.
Facts on Iron Ore export faciltyPORT INFORMATION
BRIEF PORT DESCRIPTION:
The port was originally constructed during the early 1970’s to
facilitate the export of iron ore, bulk crude oil whereafter
breakbulk terminals were subsequently added to the facilities in
the port.Port facilities consist of a 990 m long jetty with two iron
ore berths and one crude oil berth joined to the north shore of
the harbour by a 3100 m causeway.
TERMINAL: Bulk Terminal - Iron Ore
NUMBER OF BERTHS: 2 (OBS - Ore Berth Saldanha / OBL - Ore Berth Langebaan)
POSITION: Latitude 33 ° 02’ S, Longitude 17 ° 58’ E Salinity = 1 025
LOCATION: South Africa - approx. 60 nautical miles northwest of Cape
SHIPPER(S): Kumba Iron Ore
TIDE RANGE: 1.5 m
MAX. SHIP DIMENSIONS
DRAFT: 21.25 m
AIR DRAFT (at Datum): 20 m
MAX BEAM: 58 m
BERTH LENGTH: 630 m
DEPTH ALONSIDE: 23m below CD
NUMBER OF SHIPLOADERS: Two (currently only utilizing 1 ship loader at a time)
LOAD RATE: 5'000 mt - 8'000 mt per hour
TRAVEL: Entire Length Of Berth
OUTREACH: OBS 38.8 Max / OBL 42.8 Max
I want to know more about these strategic oil storage facilities? does that mean Saldahna has an oil terminal capable of of bulk crude transfer? I thought the harbour only catered to bulk Iron ore exports?
Looking at the oil storage facility its strange to see square tanks. Any idea on capacity?
"Research and development leading to the construction of a 45-million barrel inground concrete tank farm at Saldanha Bay for the storage of crude oil. The Company was appointed as the Consulting Engineers for the project, involving project management, all engineering disciplines, construction supervision, and commissioning as well as financial control"
"The Company has carried out all the detailed engineering and construction supervision for the Saldanha Bay Jetty VLCC offloading Terminal and the 1067 mm diameter pipeline from the jetty to the tank farm, an installation designed to offload a VLCC in less than 40 hours. "
so Crude is stored there but has to be pumped back and forth between ship and tank farm. Is there not a pipe down to the Caltex refinery in Cape Town?
Seems crazy to have an isolated storage facility far from any refinery
The West Coast could see major development of its public transport system and oil and gas industries, it was revealed at the quarterly members meeting of business-led think tank Accelerate Cape Town.
Accelerate Cape Town chief executive Guy Lundy said the West Coast economic corridor, including Atlantis and Saldanha, was an area that was likely to see big development over the next few years.
Lundy said it was important to see the area stretching from Cape Town to Saldanha and up to Worcester, and not only the Cape Town CBD, as the main economic zone in the province. Three speakers gave presentations on future development of the West Coast. Kylie Hatton, media manager for the City of Cape Town, shared information about the City’s new Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) System route to connect the West Coast to Cape Town. South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) executive director Warwick Blyth spoke in his personal capacity about opportunities in upstream activities (exploration, drilling, production and support services) in the oil and gas sectors on the West Coast. Economist Jacyntha Maclennan, senior manager of Wesgro IQ, the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency’s economic intelligence unit, spoke about trade and investment opportunities in the West Coast and the feasibility study she was overseeing for provincial government into setting up an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), the South African version of a free zone, on the West Coast.
Hatton said the City had strategically chosen to develop the West Coast bus route before addressing the need for a similar service in more populated areas such as Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha. The reason for this was that the dynamics of the West Coast route and consultations with taxi groups and other affected parties on the route were far less complex than would have been the case on a major public transport route. The City therefore had an opportunity to iron out any difficulties in its ambitious new public transport network before rolling it out on a large scale. The West Coast area was also not serviced by any form of commuter rail network.
Hatton said the West Coast route would be developed over the next 20 years and the first phase was scheduled to be launched in early May.
Hatton said the City of Cape Town had chosen the BRT system over building a new rail network, because it had the reliability of a rail system, but it had existing infrastructure and was flexible and cost efficient. For the same amount of money (R7 billion) the City could build seven kilometres of underground rail, 14km of elevated rail, 40km of light rail or 175km of BRT.
Blyth said the offshore area from Saldanha up to the Orange River Basin was an important area for oil and gas exploration and showed great potential for development. An even larger opportunity for the West Coast is the provision of support, services and equipment to the oil and gas exploration and production activities in the sub-Saharan region. Unlike oil and gas operations themselves the supply industries serving these projects could be very labour intensive; the ship and rig-repair business in particular had great potential to expand and create many jobs. Cape Town was also an attractive place for international companies in the oil and gas services industry to set up regional head offices.
Saldanha Bay, because of its available land, deep water port and established engineering community, had the potential to develop significantly as a hub for regional oil and gas activity, much like the Australian Marine Complex near Perth has for their oil and gas activities.
Blyth said the recent finalisation of licenses for the West Coast blocks means that exploration and development activities are likely to pick up over the next 18 months with Forest Oil’s Ibhubesi project potentially leading with a large offshore development, pipeline to shore and a gas plant and power station near Hondeklipbaai.
Especially harbour maintenance and ship and rig repair were labour-intensive and could create many jobs. Over the next few years Saldanha could overtake Cape Town as the maritime maintenance and repair hub of the Western Cape, Blyth said.
Saldanha had the potential to develop significantly, much like the Australian Marine Complex near Perth, as it had a lot of available land, it was a natural deep water port, it had an established engineering community, the quayside was fairly well developed and it already had a small airstrip.
Maclennan said the West Coast was the fourth fastest growing region in the Western Cape, after Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and Eden. It needed to leverage its economic growth off the growth of Cape Town.
Maclennan said the West Coast economy was mainly driven by the manufacturing sector, while Cape Town was stronger in services. During the recession, the Western Cape economy was buoyed by the strong services sector, which meant that the economy kept on growing despite the decline in growth in other areas of the economy. The development of industry and the port in Saldanha Bay could strengthen the manufacturing sector and consequently the services sector on the West Coast.
Maclennan said if the West Coast was to grow economically, it would need direct foreign investment (FDI). Over the past seven years the region received only two FDI projects. The Western Cape government was now exploring setting up an IDZ to meet the challenges of globalisation, attract FDI, provide infrastructure, overcome administrative hurdles and develop linkages between local and international companies.
Wesgro IQ is tasked with researching the viability of an IDZ. As Saldanha was an environmentally sensitive area, various environmental implications were also being taken into consideration. “The feasibility study should be finished by the end of the year,” Maclennan said.
Netherlands-based renewable-energy company Aeolus Associated plans to have the first phase of its R15,5-billion electricity generation project at the proposed Saldanha industrial development zone (IDZ), in the Western Cape, up and running by 2013.
The overall project will entail the generation of up to 1 060 MW of electricity for the IDZ through combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants and renewable-energy sources, by 2019.
Of the 1 060 MW, 340 MW of electricity will be generated from renewable-energy sources, such as solar, wind and biomass, says Aeolus Associated CEO Dr Leo Van Gastel.
These alternative power sources will predominantly comprise solar power, with 200 MW being generated from photo- voltaic (PV) panels. Wind energy is expected to produce about 100 MW of electricity and wind turbines will be erected in between rows of PV panels.
The power will be generated through an independent grid and at lower tariffs than State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid, says Van Gastel.
Cape Chamber of Commerce West Coast chapter chairperson Luna Vermeulen explains: “Eskom tariffs average 43c/kWh. However, further electricity price increases have been approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, which will see Eskom’s tariffs increase to 67c/kWh by 2013.”
The first of the two 360 MW CCGT power plants is expected to start producing elec- tricity by 2013. The developer estimates that the baseload power from this unit will be sold to offtakers at about 60c/kWh.
Initially, Aeolus Associated will use compressed coal gas to be delivered to Saldanha by rail to power the CCGT plants. The company will later switch to imported liquid natural gas once it becomes available.
Several sources of gas are being considered. These include imported natural gas, gas from South Africa’s offshore fields, coal-bed methane and, in future, shale gas. At present, however, the old fashioned ‘town gas’ made from coal is preferred.
Meanwhile, Vermeulen says that a number of investors are poised to invest billions of rands in developing green projects and other industries at the IDZ.
Titanium and Zirconium Refinery
The largest project proposed to be implemented at the IDZ is the construction of a titanium and zirconium refinery by investor consortium Rare Metal Industries (RMI), at a cost of between $1,2-billion and $1,5- billion.
Mining Weekly reported last year that the proposed plant would be the world’s first integrated metals plant producing titanium, zirconium, magnesium and silicon.
It is envisaged that, at full operational capacity, the plant would produce 50 000 t/y of magnesium, 15 000 t/y of titanium, 8 000 t/y of silicon and 2 000 t/y of zirconium, coupled with some derivative products.
The titanium and zirconium will come from diversified mining group Exxaro’s Namakwa Sands heavy minerals mining and beneficiation plant, north of Saldanha.
South Africa has the world’s second-largest reserves of zirconium and titanium. However, these metals are currently being exported in raw form, beneficiated and imported back into South Africa. Beneficiating 3% of the country’s titanium would create a multi- billion-dollar-a-year industry, says RMI.
Quality alloys, produced by RMI, are in great demand within high-technology industries, such as the manufacturing of turbines for jet engines.
To process ore, temperatures of about 600 ˚C must be maintained. To do this, a jacket of molten salt is used to insulate parts of the machinery and RMI will, therefore, become a customer for a proposed desali- nation plant and the large quantities of brine produced.
Multidisciplinary Dutch firm Norit business development assistant Alexander Horvath reports that the company is investigat- ing the desalination of seawater at the proposed Saldanha IDZ through an osmosis plant.
He believes that water can be produced at lower tariffs than the current water supply tariffs. The retail price of water in Cape Town ranges from R4,55/kℓ to R23,42/kℓ, which government is going to increase in a ‘stepped tariff’ scale. The desalination plant will produce desalinated water at a cost of R4/kℓ. This could be further reduced to R1,90/kℓ if a more complex plant, which recycles used water, is built.
Horvath says that, currently, 9% of the water consumed in the world is desalinated. There are added benefits to building a desali- nation plant as the waste brine would be processed to extract rare minerals, such as lithium and magnesium, before the remainder is discharged into the open ocean.
Water will be returned to the sea, which would be cleaner than the water taken from the ocean as the water would be stripped of heavy metals. Although there would be a concentration of salt at the discharge points, this would rapidly dissipate in the open sea.
Norit plans to dilute the seawater with treated recycled water, which will reduce the cost of the desalination process. The desalination plant is also more efficient when salt concentrations are lower. This results in fresh water from the reverse- osmosis plant being superior to present municipal water.
The company is considering the possi- bility of using only wind or solar power to run the plant. This is possible as water can be desalinated when wind or solar power is available and the water can be stored in reservoirs for use as required.
One of the challenges in using wind turbines for other applicationss is that power is generated at night, when the demand for electricity is low; however, this ‘night power’ would be suitable for desalination.
Vermeulen notes that these projects will create many jobs in the construction phase and more jobs when the industries are operational.
Saldanha Bay is set to become a hub of industrial activity in the Western Cape
Staff Writer SALDANHA Bay is set to become a hub of industrial activity in the Western Cape with the announcement this week of a plan to build a R15 billion rare metals industry complex, with a titanium smelter, at the West Coast town.
Other industries envisaged for Saldanha are ship building, maritime-repair industries, steel production and manufacturing, oil and gas support industries with a floating dry dock and a land-based dry dock, manufacturing of renewable-energy components and renewable-energy generation. The Saldanha Municipality has signed memoranda of agreement with 14 foreign investors indicating the local authority’s support for their proposals. Wesgro, on behalf of the provincial government, has commissioned consultants to conduct a feasibility study on the potential of Saldanha to become an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). The first phase has been completed and potential development projects have been identified. The study also identified the availability of land, environmental constraints and available infrastructure.
The second phase is under way, looking at the economic impact of setting up an IDZ and its design. The final stage will result in the development of a business model and plan.
Trade and Industry minister Rob Davies announced on Wednesday that the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) would explore the potential of co-financing, with local and foreign investors, of a rare metals beneficiation complex at Saldanha.
The empowerment fund facilitates black empowerment deals and would drive the project. It would produce metals with a high value, including titanium, zirconium and silicon. About 7 000 jobs would be created at the plant.
Davies said South Africa exported titanium sands for $400 (R2 690) a ton, when the country could get $1 000 a ton through setting up beneficiation plants. It was important that South African started to maximise benefits of its rich mineral reserves, he said.
Shane Cordom, head of strategic development at Saldanha Municipality, said the rare metals complex was likely to be set up alongside the ArcelorMittal steel factory, formerly Saldanha Steel.
He said Exxarro Sands, formerly Namakwa Sands, mined the sands at Brand-se-Baai on the West Coast, 350km north of Cape Town.
“The titanium sand gets exported to China and other countries, but the plan is to produce titanium from the sands from a beneficiation complex at Saldanha, and so increase the worth.
Cordom said the move involved a partnership between the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the NEF and Rare Metals Industry, a Russian company. The company has a titanium smelter in Russia and the UK.
The rare metals prefeasibility study cost R25m, he said.
Jacyntha Maclennan, a senior manager at Wesgro, said that once the study to determine the feasibility of establishing an IDZ at Saldanha had been completed, it would be submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry.
Michael Bagraim, president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the plans for a rare metals industry as well as the inclusion of in the department’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) for 2012, of the oil and gas industry and boat building industry.
He said the rare metals complex would be a catalyst for further growth in Saldanha, which could become a major industrial centre.
Bagraim warned that a great deal depended on a reliable energy supply and said it was time for the Western Cape to generate more of its own electricity using gas and renewable sources.
Oilrig servicing can boost W Cape, create jobs – Alan WindeBy: Martin Creamer Published: 11 Apr 11
Each oil rig that comes into the port of Saldanha is worth millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the South African economy, says Western Cape Finance and Economic Development Minister Alan Winde, who would like to see the port of Saldanha create additional capacity oil-and-gas related activities.
Speaking to Engineering News Online in a video interview at the opening of iron-ore miner Kumba’s new high-technology sampling plant at Saldanha, Winde says that South Africa’s second industrial policy action plan gives national recognition to both the oil-and-gas and the boat-building businesses.
“Oil and gas is not about the Western Cape alone, but it’s about South Africa as a whole,” Winde says.
Pointing to an oilrig in the harbour during the visit of to Engineering News Online, Winde says that South Africa should aim towards attracting many more of these rigs to Saldanha from the West Coast of Africa.
He also sees the offshore gas resources in South Africa’s Orange River Basin on the Cape West Coast as having the potential to mitigate energy risk for South Africa during the period of build up of the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired currently under construction inland.
In the next five years, the provincial Minister envisages the creation of additional quays at Saldanha for delivery of oil-and-gas services, facilities to encourage the beneficiation of metals and minerals, and the possible emergence of manganese exporting facilities at the port, in addition to the existing highly utilised iron-ore export terminal.
South Africa last year exported more than 47-million tons of iron-ore from the deep-water port of Saldanha, and has plans to increase the exportation level to 60-million tons in the near term.
Winde says that the Western Cape has convinced national government to support the province’s bid to investigate the economic viability of establishing an industrial development zone (IDZ) in its port region.
The province is currently searching for growth engines to meet its prime objectives of creating economic growth and jobs.
The R10-million IDZ study under way is focusing on the area that extends from the City of Cape Town and to Saldanha Bay, which generates 80% of provincial revenue.
Winde welcomes the initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to encourage IDZ development through legislation as well as the DTI’s R15-billion mineral beneficiation vision for the area, and also sees the IDZ as a possible future hub for the manufacture of renewable energy products.
Cape Town Mayor Randall Abdol says that the DTI's announcements have the potential to create 129 000 jobs in the region.
Winde would like IDZ development to be accelerated through the introduction of meaningful incentives.
Saldanha zone investments to create 300 jobs
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Cape Town - The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is drawing strong international interest with several lease agreements signed and a surge of global oil and gas companies negotiating joint ventures with South African firms.
Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, said the Saldanha Bay IDZ, which was officially launched late last year, was off to a good start.
“The Saldanha Bay IDZ licensing company has signed six lease agreements with international and South African oil and gas companies. These include firms specialising in oilfield services, oil rig operations, logistics operators, ship repair, engineering and market support,” said Winde.
Final negotiations for lease agreements are taking place between the licensing company, two international oil field service companies and a South African rig repair firm.
“In some of the most exciting developments, the licensing company is in talks with an international consortium to develop a rig module building facility," said Winde.
"We are also aware of a R200m investment by a global oil servicing company which is set to create 300 jobs.
"Several leading international companies are increasing their staff numbers in their South African companies.”
Details on individual companies are bound by non-disclosure agreements and cannot be released at this stage.
Winde said the Western Cape government has invested R25m over a five-year period in the process of creating the IDZ.
“This is the culmination of years of collaboration between all spheres of government and the Saldanha Bay community. The IDZ has the potential to become one of the most important levers for jobs and economic growth for the Western Cape," he said.
"Early indications are that it will indeed be a major catalyst for foreign direct investment and increased employment opportunities for our residents in the medium to long term.”
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