Namcor advertises lubricant tender

22 February 2018 | Energy

The National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) earlier this month called for international bids for a lucrative five-year tender for the supply and delivery of lubricants.

The closing date for submissions is 9 March.

The call for tender applications comes amid the ongoing controversy over Namcor managing director Immanuel Mulunga's involvement in the award of a supply tender to Malaysian company, Hyrax Oil. A forensic investigation regarding this and other matters is currently taking place. Namcor spokesperson Utaara Hoveka upon enquiry said the supply contract with Hyrax Oil was only for a “one-off” purchase. The value of this one-off supply was N$2.2 million.

Moreover, this one-off supply tender with Hyrax overlapped the extended supply contract with South African-based Sasol Petroleum. Hoveka would not say what the arrangement with Sasol Petroleum is, except to acknowledge that the five-year tender had lapsed at the end of June last year but that it is “still in force as we speak”.

“Namcor has a confidentiality agreement with Sasol; we therefore cannot expound on the details thereof,” Hoveka said on Tuesday.

He also could not say what the purpose of the one-off contract with Hyrax Oil was and if Sasol Petroleum continues to supply Namcor with lubricants.

The lubricant tender is a much sought-after and lucrative prospect, because Namcor sells the lubricants to car, truck and boat dealers across the country.



CATHERINE SASMAN

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