Namibia: Venaani Demands Fuel Storage Bill of Quantities

The president of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), McHenry Venaani, is seeking answers on the profitability of the bulk fuel oil storage facility at Walvis Bay.

Venaani visited the facility yesterday to better understand the costs involved in its construction.

He says the facility is one of the government’s biggest investments and it is important to ensure the money was spent wisely.

When the National Assembly resumes, Venaani promises to ask for a bill of quantity.

“What did we spend the money on? Where did the money go and if we spent so much, what are we making at this point in time?

“If this thing was making a profit, those questions would be answered by any person,” he says.

Venaani does not dispute that the project is of national importance, however, he has concerns about its profitability.

“Are we making a profit from it? The biggest question is the escalation of pricing because this thing cost double. We have to ask the hard hitting questions of what led to the escalation.”

Venaani’s questions were not answered by the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) team onsite, and he was referred to the head office.

The construction tender for the bulk oil storage facility was awarded to Om’kumoh Consulting Engineers, together with its joint venture partner AIJ Project Cost Consultants. It was built by the Roads Contractor Company and Babyface Civils in collaboration with a Chinese joint venture comprising China Harbour Engineering Company.