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The proposed site is located in Rikumbi Kandanga Road on Erven 6230 and 6231, Extension 19, Walvis Bay, which is south-east of the site the old oval track, with the Municipal Waste Water Works and Solid Waste Section to the northwest. Photo contributed
The proposed site is located in Rikumbi Kandanga Road on Erven 6230 and 6231, Extension 19, Walvis Bay, which is south-east of the site the old oval track, with the Municipal Waste Water Works and Solid Waste Section to the northwest. Photo contributed

Concerns rise over proposed radioactive material facility in Walvis Bay

Meeting this Friday
The Walvis Bay application is a new and separate application from the one in Swakopmund.
Leandrea Mouers
A public meeting to discuss the development of a proposed construction of a facility for the handling and storage of radioactive material on Erven 6230 and 6231, Extension 19, Walvis Bay, is set to take place this Friday at the Walvis Bay municipality.

The initial meeting was scheduled for last Friday but was postponed at the last minute. In the Background Information Document (BID) of the project, the proponent of the project, PGX-Malta, intends to expand the services by providing a storage facility for radioactive sources used in well logging practices for oil and gas exploration.

The facility would also be used to calibrate the relevant tools used in the well-logging activities. The document further explained that well logging plays a crucial role in the oil and gas industry, aiding in the exploration, production, and monitoring of hydrocarbon reservoirs deep underground.

This process involves the measurement and analysis of various properties of the rocks and fluids within a wellbore, providing valuable data for decision-making by geoscientists and engineers. PGX-Malta (the proponent) provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. Services provided include specialised storage, specialised containers, completion fluids, fuel storage facilities, and related services.

PGX Malta intends to expand the services by providing a storage facility for radioactive sources used in well logging practices for oil and gas exploration. The facility would also be used to calibrate the relevant tools used in the well-logging activities.

At the postponed meeting, concerned community member Naftal Nengongo said that hearing about this development concerns him.

“I understand the dangers of radioactive material. I don’t think enough notice has been given to the community about the dangers of this project.”

He stated that he will make it his business to notify the rest of his community of this project.

“We need to stand against this; there is a wide-open desert and many other places in this country where something like this can be built and not pose danger to people in the community. I don’t think Walvis Bay needs this, and I will also not stand for a devious thing such as this to silently create projects such as these that can be a danger to the community.”

Additionally, it is important to note that the Walvis Bay application is a new and separate application from the one in Swakopmund.

These are two different companies, both involved in the the oil and gas industry.

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