R1-bil­li­on che­mi­cal plant for Mos­sel Bay

George Herald - - News -

A­wor­ld-class che­mi­cal plant and the po­ten­ti­al to de­ve­lop the Mos­sel Bay a­rea in­to an ex­port-hub.

T­his is the long-term vi­si­on of Ni­cho­las Ran­ku­mar, the fi­nan­ci­al di­rec­tor of I­ku­sa­sa Pro­cess En­gi­neer­ing Con­sul­tants. Fol­lo­wing a me­mo­ran­dum of un­der­stan­ding sig­ned in Au­gust with the Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty (GRDM), I­ku­sa­sa se­cu­red a long-term le­a­se for one of GRDM's pro­per­ties next to Pe­troSA (on the sa­me land e­ar­mar­ked for the re­gi­o­nal land­fill si­te) to e­rect a che­mi­cal plant that will sup­port the tim­ber, wa­ter and tex­ti­le sec­tors.

Cur­rent­ly in its de­sign pha­se, con­structi­on will com­men­ce within a few weeks. It is en­visa­ged that the fac­to­ry will be ful­ly o­pe­ra­ti­o­nal by the end of 2019.

T­his R1-bil­li­on in­ves­t­ment in the Gar­den Rou­te will pro­vi­de 3 000 jobs o­ver the next fi­ve y­e­ars. "The long-term vi­si­on for I­ku­sa­sa is to ex­pand and sca­le the che­mi­cal plant in­to a wor­ld-class pro­ducti­on fa­ci­li­ty," said Ran­ku­mar.

Du­ring a sod-tur­ning ce­re­mo­ny last F­ri­day at the pro­per­ty, GRDM Ma­yor Me­mo­ry Booy­sen said they are in part­ners­hip with the Mos­sel Bay Lo­cal Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty. "By wor­king to­get­her, we are going to use the law to fast-track the pro­cess. We ha­ve seen ot­her e­co­no­mic de­ve­lop­ments in Kou­ga, Ri­chard's Bay, Sal­dan­ha - now is the ti­me for de­ve­lop­ment to hap­pen he­re," he said. S­ta­ke­hol­ders who at­ten­ded the ce­re­mo­ny in­clu­de re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of Mos­sel Bay Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, Pe­troSA, the Mos­sel Bay Port and pri­va­te sec­tor part­ners. Mos­sel Bay Ma­yor Har­ry Le­ven­dal than­ked the dis­trict mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty for their ef­forts to at­tract in­ves­t­ment to the a­rea. "T­his is a first of big t­hings that will hap­pen in Mos­sel Bay," he said.

The ad­van­ta­ges of the si­te's po­si­ti­o­ning next to Pe­troSA ha­ve been lis­ted as fol­lows: A c­lo­se wor­king re­la­ti­ons­hip and the sup­ply of pro­ducts which are spe­ci­fic to Pe­troSA; ex­ports and im­ports via the Trans­net Mos­sel Bay Port (less than 10km from the si­te); and its po­si­ti­on on the N2, which stra­te­gi­cal­ly con­nects the si­te to ot­her parts of the re­gi­on. Com­pi­led by Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

Key s­ta­ke­hol­ders at the sod-tur­ning ce­re­mo­ny: Lee Nor­man (I­ku­sa­sa chair­man), Andrew T­heu­nis­sen (di­rec­tor of I­ku­sa­sa Pro­cess En­gi­neer­ing Con­sul­tants, I­ku­sa­sa C­he­mi­cals, I­ku­sa­sa Wa­ter), GRDM Ma­yor Me­mo­ry Booy­sen, Mos­sel Bay Ma­yor Har­ry Le­ven­dal and S­ha­drack Ts­hi­ka­lan­ge (Trans­net Mos­sel Bay Port ma­na­ger).

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