Port of Saldanha

Saldanha Fabrication Centre diversifies

Saldanha Fabrication Centre to be converted into a multidisciplinary facility
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As a result of the sub-lessees failing to secure any business, the facility that was built as the Saldanha Fabrication Centre in 2007 is now to be converted into a multidisciplinary facility to support the sectors of Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Renewable Energy Power, Desalination, Mineral Mining, and Environmental & Chemical Industries.

This facility will be in the Customs Controlled Area (CCA) and will therefore enjoy 'free-port' status. The CCA will then be extended as the industrial development zone phases in the port’s hinterland come into being.

KNM Grinaker-LTA will be retaining a certain area including the 25-metre high Bay 1 and Bay 2 workshops. This is intended to house equipment for the oil and gas majors, which will require the height to be increased. Their work will be fabrication.

The facility has its own dedicated jetty, ideally for loading large diameter, heavy and long vessels, jackets and modules. KNM Grinaker-LTA Fabrication remains the sole local fabricator for the untapped market of pressure vessels above 100mm thicknesses.

The other areas, workshops, etc. are available for leasing on a long-term basis and the rental rates will be determined by the size of area required and the length of the lease. Saldanha Freight Services (SFS) is working with KNM Grinaker-LTA in searching for potential lessees. The screening of lessees will be intensive, as the core activities must fit with the KNM Grinaker-LTA vision.

This facility is leased from and located in the Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) zone designated primarily for the oil and gas sector. West of this facility (off-picture) is an area earmarked for a large graving dock, should such a dock be deemed sustainable in the long term. East of the facility is open land also designated by TNPA for oil and gas developments.

This is the area where the Oil & Gas Base will be established. It will be linked to the shore-front with workshops and other facilities as well as deep-drafted quayside (berths) and lay-down areas suited to the maintenance and repair of vessels in the oil and gas industry.

The roads to the four-berth multipurpose terminal will be upgraded in the short term to facilitate handing of imports and exports over this terminal. This land is available for leasing from TNPA, and SFS is in a position to facilitate this for interested parties. These developments are planned for the 0-5 year and 6-10 year period commencing in 2013.

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