Walvis Bay Cold Storage to House 10 000 Tonnes of Fish

A planned cold storage plant at Walvis Bay, which will be housed under the Zambian Dry Dock site will have a capacity of storing 10 000 tonnes of fish.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been commissioned by Africa Union Financial Services cold storage facility in the Port of Walvis Bay. Africa Union is a South African based company, according to its website.

Project documents obtained by The Namibian show that due to operational and cost constraints together with NamPort requirement to develop unoccupied land, Africa Union is determined to place the cold storage facility on the phase of the Zambian Dry Dock.

“The site lies within the port and is about 18 000 square metres. The purpose of the proposed facility will be to provide high density storage for up to 10 000 tonnes of frozen fish products. It will consist of a temperature controlled warehouse, together with additional facilities including reception area, an office, ablution facilities, workshop and packing material storage,” the papers show.

According to Africa Union, the project is predicted to have a positive impact on the local, regional and national economy as it will boost investment, increase household income and employment, promote local economic development and procurement and increase various taxes.

The project is expected to promote trade development with the Zambian government. NamPort intends to install a noise barrier along its new ring road within the Port of Walvis Bay and has budgeted N$10 million for its construction.

“Since the installation date of this barrier is not known the study recommended that Africa Union installs the acoustic barrier at their site within two years of operation, should the NamPort barrier not be in place during that period,” the documents.

Source : The Namibian