Access to more markets
With an investment of N$93.6 million in a new salt processing plant Walvis Bay Salt Refiners (WBSR) can now target international markets as the company can meet the ever-increasing international specifications.
It is the single biggest capital investment since the inception of the company in 1964.
WBSR is the largest producer of solar sea salt in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The new plant was inaugurated on Monday by the minister of trade, industrialisation and SME development, Tjekero Tweya.
“WBSH [Walvis Bay Salt Holdings] is a trusted company with all intensions to enhance local value addition in support of the government's Growth at Home strategy. They produce salt for the chemical sector and general purposes as well as state-of-the-art table salt for the SADC market,” Tweya said.
These are the strategic initiatives that will create jobs for Namibian people to reduce unemployment levels, with a total of 200 people currently employed at the company.
The new wash plant will enable the company to increase production of processed salt from its current 1 million tonnes per year.
The plant replaces the previous facility, which was constructed in 1989 and had reached the end of its life-span after it has had to operate at high efficiency levels in order to meet salt field capacity and market demand.
The managing director of WBSH, Andre Snyman, said the facility had constraints such as a small intake hopper, limited centrifuge capabilities and relatively high operating costs per tonne.
“The company is also working on a new initiative which entails the unique design and construction of a salt slurry pipeline to replace the salt trucks through the town of Walvis Bay,” Snyman said.
WBSH currently transports on average 3 000 tonnes per day from the salt mine to the port.