Wesco implored to upgrade to oil refinery

Obrein Simasiku

Wesco Engineering Services has been implored to take advantage of the recent oil discovery in Namibia, and shift from the current operations of oil recycling into refinery, a move that will propel the country to grow economically by not shipping its raw resources for further processing.
Windhoek Deputy Mayor, Joseph Uapingene, remarked at the inauguration of Wesco’s six oil refinery depots at Brakwater, saying that it is time the country holds onto its resources and desist from the norm of exporting raw materials. “Shape up your vision, you are aware of the recent massive oil discovery, it is time now you consider and start preparing for the future. Start empowering and investing into the operation so that when time comes, you can be ready to start refining oil instead of letting our resources go out of the country in its raw form, we have the capacity and lets build on that,” says Uapingene.

Established in 1986, Wesco provides services to the marine, oil and gas, mining, fishing and general industrial sectors in Namibia. Meanwhile, the Windhoek depot is used to recycle oil, which is collected from within Windhoek and surrounding areas in Khomas, and has a holding capacity of 2.3 million tonnes, and a monthly output of 250 000 t0 350 000 litres of recycled oil.
Last week Wesco inaugurated its recently upgraded Walvis Bay depot where it headquartered while in October another site was launched in Oranjemund. Other depots are in Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo and Luderitz.
Wesco Director, George Fransman, says they are partnering with Shell and TotalEnergies in managing their waste. The two oil giants early this year announced the discovery offshore oil at the Namibian coast on Block 2913A in the Orange sub-basin, as well as Venus 1-X wildcat discovery in Block 2913B, respectively.
“There is only two solid waste management in the country, one in Walvis Bay, and Windhoek “What you see as waste is what we consider to be precious, because it’s value counters in the wake of increased oil and fuel prices globally. Therefore, in factories this recycled oil is very useful, while in the same vein we help keep the environment clean. So with the Windhoek depot, we found it necessary to have it here considering that we only have two waste management sites in Namibia. Hence it could be costly for us to be transporting the waste to Walvis Bay and back to the city, thus we saw it fit to set up a centre here,” says Fransman.

By Observer