N$700 million petrol storage on the cards
01 December 2017 | Business
The Usakos town council has availed land to several developers who will put up storage facilities for fuel, oil and gas.
The town's acting CEO, Reinhold Evenson, recently told Erongo that after the land is sub-divided, it will be sold to the developers.
“The estimated cost of this development project is about N$700 million. The town council has already approved the piece of land where they have also started the construction work, but the process of the sub-division of the land still has to be done. After the process of the sub-division we will approach the ministry of urban and rural development for approval; then we will sell the land to the developer.
“Currently we entered into a lease agreement with the investor, during which the other processes will be completed for the sale to take effect. They need additional land, currently council allocated them 15 hectares, with which they will start with the construction process. They still need about 9 to 15 hectares more.
“We also allocated land to them for residential purposes on which they have to construct houses for their employees,” said Evenson.
The number of permanent jobs which will be provided by the storage facility is around 600 to 800, while around 1 000 people will be indirectly employed through the project.
According to the acting CEO the town council also took decisions to develop new extensions.
“We took the decision to develop about two to three extensions. Due to the cost that is involved we also approached the regional office for assistance with their town planner. But unfortunately due to the volume of work that will be involved in the establishment of the townships, they cannot avail their town planner. They advised us that we should rather opt for companies that are doing town planning activities,” Evenson said.