Observer on Saturday - - News - By Bodwa Mbingo

Works on the up­grad­ing of the 1.5 kilo­me­tres Strate­gic Oil Re­serve Ac­cess Road at Phuzumoya will be com­plete in early Oc­to­ber.

This was con­firmed by Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Makhosini Mn­dawe in a state­ment this week, where he asked the gen­eral pub­lic to co­op­er­ate with the con­trac­tor through­out the works es­pe­cially since dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod, heavy plant and ma­chin­ery shall be util­is­ing the space, in­ad­ver­tently caus­ing dis­rup­tions to the daily traf­fic flow.

“Iny­atsi Con­struc­tion Ltd, who is the con­trac­tor on site, has in place a ro­bust Traf­fic Man­age­ment Plan which the gen­eral pub­lic is urged to abide by,” e said in his state­ment.

The buzz is there­fore al­ready pos­i­tive for the res­i­dents of Phuzumoya and sur­round­ing ar­eas as they ready them­selves for the be­gin­ning of the ac­tual con­struc­tion of the Na­tional Strate­gic Oil Re­serve. The con­struc­tion is ex­pected to gen­er­ate about 300 job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A site visit by the Ob­server on Satur­day showed that con­struc­tion big guns Iny­atsi Con­struc­tion are still hard at work, con­struct­ing this road in readi­ness for the big works on the Oil Re­serve. Min­istry of Pub­lic Works and Trans­port Se­nior En­gi­neer, Mlungisi Mh­longo had high­lighted that they ex­pected com­pe­tent bid­ders for the ten­der that have a sound fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity, ex­pe­ri­ence and per­son­nel to carry out the project. He re­vealed that the time frame for the works is about six months.


Mean­while, the coun­try will fi­nally have its first na­tional strate­gic oil re­serve by July 2018.

That is the time when the project will be de­liv­ered in full by Kantey & Tem­pler Swazi­land and com­mis­sioned at Phuzumoya.

Cor­re­spon­dence be­tween the project de­vel­op­ers and the min­istry of nat­u­ral re­sources and en­ergy has con­firmed that the project will be com­mis­sioned mid-June in 2018.

Bodwa Mbingo) (Pics:

AT WORK: Work­ers from Iny­atsi Con­struc­tion work­ing on the ac­cess road this week.

HEAVY PLANT: A TLB pic­tured work­ing on the ac­cess road where it con­nects the Sipho­fa­neni - Big Bend main road.

MEN AT WORK: These men were also pic­tured at the con­struc­tion site.

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