Saldanha zone investments to create 300 jobs

Cape Town - The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is drawing strong international interest with several lease agreements signed and a surge of global oil and gas companies negotiating joint ventures with South African firms.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, said the Saldanha Bay IDZ, which was officially launched late last year, was off to a good start.

“The Saldanha Bay IDZ licensing company has signed six lease agreements with international and South African oil and gas companies. These include firms specialising in oilfield services, oil rig operations, logistics operators, ship repair, engineering and market support,” said Winde.

Final negotiations for lease agreements are taking place between the licensing company, two international oil field service companies and a South African rig repair firm.

“In some of the most exciting developments, the licensing company is in talks with an international consortium to develop a rig module building facility," said Winde.

"We are also aware of a R200m investment by a global oil servicing company which is set to create 300 jobs.

"Several leading international companies are increasing their staff numbers in their South African companies.”

Details on individual companies are bound by non-disclosure agreements and cannot be released at this stage.

Winde said the Western Cape government has invested R25m over a five-year period in the process of creating the IDZ.
 
“This is the culmination of years of collaboration between all spheres of government and the Saldanha Bay community. The IDZ has the potential to become one of the most important levers for jobs and economic growth for the Western Cape," he said.

"Early indications are that it will indeed be a major catalyst for foreign direct investment and increased employment opportunities for our residents in the medium to long term.”

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