Namcor selects fuel storage partners

19 November 2019 | Energy

Only one Namibian fuel company has been selected to store its fuel at the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia's (Namcor) fuel storage facility once it becomes operational.

Eleven companies were initially shortlisted, with only five making the cut.

They are local oil distributor Bachmus, Oil Vitol SA, which wanted to rent the facility from the Namibian government under favourable conditions, Vivo Energy, Total and Gunvor Middle East DMCC.

A Namcor official who spoke on condition of anonymity said discussions had been held with the five companies and arrangements had been concluded.

“There were some engagements. We used the Procurement Act to appoint these companies and it is complete,” the official said.

The list of companies was confirmed by Namcor spokesperson Utaara Hoveka when he was approached for comment on the authenticity of documents.

Hoveka said the contracts would run for five years.

Namcor gave the unsuccessful applicants seven days, until 10 November, to lodge objections.

If none were received by then, Namcor CEO Immanuel Mulunga would automatically award contracts to the five companies chosen.

The companies that did not make the cut include Interafrique Logistics, Feka Petro, Lapla Investments Ultimate Solutions, Woodfields Energy Resources in conjunction with Ezorongonda Energy Agencies, Top Tower Rockshield Petroleum and Monjasa Namibia.

“Kindly note that in terms of the Public Procurement Act, you have been selected for the award. You are informed that in the absence of any application for the review of the selection for the award referred to in this notice within seven days of this notice, the MD of Namcor will award the contract to you,” a notice by the company to the successful bidders read.

The facility has a capacity of 75 million litres, which will cover 40 days of the country's fuel consumption.

It is able to store various grades of diesel, as well as unleaded petrol, heavy fuel oil and aviation fuel.