Metro issues provisional atmospheric emissions license for new tank farm

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, as the licensing authority, has issued a provisional atmospheric emissions license for the proposed new tank farm in the Coega Industrial Development Zone.

The provisional license has been issued to Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) which is planning to construct the new tank farm in the IDZ.

The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism issued environmental authorisation for the construction of the R5.6 billion tank farm in April this year that will cover an area of 20 hectares and is expected to have a total storage capacity of 790 000 cubic metres.

It is anticipated that between 400 and 1 600 employment opportunities will be created during construction of the new tank farm, according to the Final Basic Assessment Report on the project, although at this stage, it stresses, it is “difficult to specify the actual number of employment opportunities that will be created” for both skilled and unskilled workers.

The Report says that during the operations phase skilled employment opportunities are expected to be created, although it adds that some may be drawn from the existing workforce currently employed at the tank farm in the Port Elizabeth Harbour.

“One of OTCG’s main objectives is to recruit locally to fill most positions at the proposed new facility,” although initially expatriate staff may be used to fill the positions of managing director and commercial manager.

Construction of the new facility will pave the way for the relocation of the existing one from the Port Elizabeth Harbour. - metrominutes