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Nov 27, 2006
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  • Coega celebrates smelter signing

  • Mystery surrounds Indian sailor killed on Maldivian ship

  • Venezuela willing to barter oil for goods to African states

  • South Africa to help revive Guinean transport

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    Coega celebrates smelter signing

    The Coega Development Corporation welcomes the signing of the energy agreement between Canadian aluminium group, Alcan Inc and Eskom, which took place today, signifying a major milestone in the company’s plans to build a world class, R20-billion smelter in the Coega Industrial Zone.

    The announcement vindicates the CDC’s unwavering belief in the business logic of the Coega IDZ as the most suitable location for the smelter as well as a range of other manufacturing and services projects. The announcement brings to a close four years of negotiations which started with the CDC approaching French aluminium company Pechiney to locate the smelter in the Coega IDZ in 2001, before Pechiney was bought out by Alcan in 2003.

    “The announcement is a welcome boost to our marketing efforts as we work on filling up 11,000 hectares of industrial space with tenants looking for one of the most geographically strategic locations for the manufacturing and export trade in global terms today. We knew there was nowhere else Alcan would go…..the location makes business logic,” says CDC chief executive, Pepi Silinga.

    The massive Coega aluminium smelter will occupy a total of 120 hectares in zone five of the Coega IDZ, using Pechiney’s proven AP 35 technology to churn out 720 kilo-tonnes of aluminium per year.

    Of critical importance for the CDC is the number of jobs, enterprise opportunities in downstream supply businesses that the construction and operation of the smelter will bring into the Nelson Mandela Metro, which is located in one of the poorest regions of the country.

    Construction of the smelter in about two years’ time is expected to extend over a 60-month period with an anticipated 2 500 jobs on average. In addition a total of 1000 direct jobs and about 300 sub-contracting jobs will be created.

    The planned smelter will allow South Africa to explore opportunities for downstream manufacturing of aluminium as well as projects related to the maintenance of the plant, and the creation of manufacturing skills and related skill transfer projects. Opportunities for local manufacturing may also exist in the construction phase and in the provision of smelting pots. Downstream manufacturing of products requiring various alloys for the automotive sector appear to be a priority. The SA automotive sector, in particular the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), have come out in support of manufacturing initiatives in this regard.

    Additional opportunities for South Africa to explore, identified by a team consisting of high level representatives from OEMs and component associations, include the following areas for downstream investment:

  • Aluminium Castings - high pressure die cast
  • Aluminium forgings - latest technology

    The government will also explore opportunities for aluminium components such as aluminium heat exchangers, extruded products, flat rolled products, flat tubing, foil and wheels. Additional opportunities exist in a diverse group of other sectors including the building and construction, aerospace, marine and others.


    COEGA ALUMINIUM SMELTER: FACT BOX

  • The total area of the smelter site (battery limits) is 120 hectares
  • That 50ha will consist of buildings, roads, parking and other paved areas
  • The new smelter will use Pechiney's proven AP35 technology but with some enhancements to increase operational efficiency
  • The total investment cost of the aluminium project will be approximately $ 2,7 billion (R16.4-billion)
  • The operation will generate increased household income of about $ 37.7-million (R230-million) a year for the Metropolitan area
  • On a national scale, over the construction period the aluminium smelter will result in additional income of between $ 184-million (R1,1billion) and $ 267-million (R1,6-billion)
  • The upstream and downstream linkages of this large investment will have a catalytic effect on job generation and particular focus is being given to this
  • More details on the EIA are available from the CSIR at http://smelter.csir.co.za


    PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

  • Site :Coega Industrial Development Zone
  • Technology: Two AP36 potlines, built in sequence with the most recent AP30 series technology
  • Production: 720ktpy (2 x 360kpty)
  • Energy Requirement: 1,350 MW
  • Shareholders: Alcan, RSA (IDC+ NEF), others to be determined
  • Debt/Equity: 60/40

    ECONOMIC IMPACTS:

  • Capital Investment : ± USD 2,7Billion
  • Expected sourcing from RSA : ± ZAR 6.3 Billion
  • Employment - Construction phase will extend over 60+ months and create 2,500 jobs on the average / 5,200+ at peak. Operations phase will create 1,000 direct jobs, plus 200-300 subcontractors’ jobs. Induced employment: estimated at 20 091 jobs during construction and 7,578 during operations. A total of 27,667 over 20 years
  • Out-sourcing to SMME; and Beneficiation / Downstream business opportunities

    - Coega Development Corporation


    Mystery surrounds Indian sailor killed on Maldivian ship

    An Indian seafarer, found with his hands tied and throat slit, has been termed a suicide by both Indian police and the ship management company, according to Indian media reports.

    The murdered man, or suicide victim depending on your point of view, was chief officer on board a Maldivian vessel. He died with his hands tied behind his back and his throat slit open while his ship was on course for the port of Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) in the extreme south of India.

    Police who were called in after the ship docked declared it to be a case of suicide and promptly closed the case. However doctors who performed the autopsy at the government hospital said it was a clear case of murder in their opinion.

    According to his family the murdered man was in dispute with the ship management company but had been enticed back on board his ship when it sailed from the Maldives.

    The company subsequently sent a fax to his family advising that he had committed suicide. On arrival at Thoothukudi local police accepted the suicide report saying that they had no jurisdiction on a foreign ship. It took the Sailors’ Helpline to convince them that Indian police were obliged by maritime law to register any case involving an Indian sailor killed on board a foreign vessel.

    According to a Sailors Helpline spokesperson, it is common practice to term death on a ship as suicide to avoid having to pay compensation.

    The report said the in a normal year between 30 and 40 Indian nationals die or disappear from ships under mysterious circumstances.


    Venezuela willing to barter oil for goods to African states

    by Thapelo Sakoana (BuaNews)

    Pretoria - Venezuela is willing to barter oil for goods to poor African states on a credit basis, without intermediaries.

    This emerged after Venezuela's vice Foreign Minister Reinaldo Bolivar explained to South African authorities that his country was exporting oil in this manner to Latin American and Caribbean countries, because costs were lower this way.

    "Our government believes that with oil-producing countries in Africa, we can expand this framework," Mr Bolivar said on Thursday after signing cooperation agreements with his South African counterpart, Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister, Aziz Pahad.

    He explained that oil was sold for 60 percent on a credit basis directly and the rest of the 40 percent of the transactions, were carried out by bartering for goods with interested parties.

    South Africa and Venezuela signed agreements on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports; a draft co-operation agreement in arts and culture and the promotion and protection of investments, among others.

    Mr Bolivar expressed confidence that oil trade with Africa would be advanced especially with South Africa's political will.

    Deputy Minister Pahad praised Venezuela for adopting policies that sought to help other countries in oil trade.

    "We will discuss how these policies can benefit African countries as we know that Venezuela has one of the largest oil stocks in the world," he said.

    Mr Pahad said the country would take this issue to the Africa-South America summit which is scheduled for Abuja, Nigeria on 30 November.

    He said South Africa sought this initiative to be extended to poor African countries first before the country itself could benefit.

    Both ministers agreed that the summit would help strengthen South-South co-operation.

    "This summit is historic because it means that Africa can look up to South America and not only Europe and the United States.

    "We believe the strategy of South-South [cooperation] will guarantee the development and growth of our countries, the people of the south will grow together and maintain each other," said Mr Bolivar.

    Mr Pahad noted that trade links between the two countries could be improved.

    "We have agreed to do more to increase economic, cultural and people to people relations; the potential exists for this," he said.

    With Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expected to visit South Africa next year, the two deputy ministers agreed to fast-track the implementation of the agreements, in order for President Thabo Mbeki and his counterpart to assess progress.


    South Africa to help revive Guinean transport

    South Africa has agreed to assist Guinea to revive its transport system.

    The agreement followed a visit to South Africa by Guinean Foreign Affairs Minister Mamady Conde, who met with South African Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and other officials.

    Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said afterwards that there had been discussions around merchant shipping as well as air transport.

    Transport Minister Jeff Radebe who also attended the meetings said that details of what the assistance entailed still had to be worked out but hinted that it could involve a public private partnership between the two countries.

    The meeting which ended on Friday also evaluated the status of bilateral political and economic relations between both countries. This was in addition to examining opportunities for co-operation within the communications, transport, education, minerals and energy, and trade and industry sectors.

    Guinea has large mineral, hydro-power and agricultural resources including some of the world’s largest bauxite reserves. South African trade with Guinea has until now never amounted to anything substantial.


    Picture of the day
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    Master Nicos, seen here at Maydon Wharf, operated for a number of years delivering bulk salt from the Namibian port of Walvis Bay and returning from Richards Bay and Durban with sugar and other commodities. The ship has since gone off charter to Unicorn Shipping and has been replaced with the company’s own vessel, Kuiseb. Picture Terry Hutson

    NB Pictures submitted by readers are always welcome – email to info@ports.co.za

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