N$700m storage facility set for Usakos


MDL International, oil and gas procurement company, has plans to set up a storage facility worth N$700 million at Usakos.

The Usakos Town Council has already agreed to sell 15 hectares of land to the company for the facility.

However, the necessary approval and process, such as subdivision need to be finalised, the Development Manager of MDL, Antonio Miranda has told The Villager. 

“The storage facility will take 18 months to construct but as we speak within 90 days an already set temporary logistic base will be operational in the located land creating 120 direct and indirect new jobs. The environment impact assessment is also underway,” he said.

He added that Usakos is located strategically as a gateway to neighbouring countries and MDL has appointed a Brazilian company known as OAS Engineering and Construction to develop the project. 

This project is part of the government’s strategic plan to align Namibia as strategic logistic hub and getaway to Southern African countries for trade by 2022.

Fuel imports will be transported from Walvis Bay and stored at the facility before they are transported to their respective destinations. 

“MDL provides integrated customised logistics services by managing and optimising supply chain for leading oil gas companies. With a strong focus on compliances, quality, health, safety and environment,” Antonio has said. 

He further added that responding to the Namibian Government appeal for the inclusive growth and industrialisation of the country the leadership of the group has decided to locate a head office of MDL Windhoek to lead with the financial procedure of the Petroleum Refined products to meet the demand of the SADC Region.

The company incorporated under Namibian law which proposes to offer customers the broadest range of services in respect of procurement and logistics including storage, handling and distribution of various products according to the need of the end user and also expends activities of Namibian boundaries. 

However, Usakos has riddled with poverty and alcohol abuse, and the current unemployment rate is around 60 %, and unlike other Namibian towns, it has not seen sustainable development since independence.

Usakos was downgraded from a municipality to town status in 2010 is now governed by a town council that has seven seats.