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Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR)
Minister leaves for Windhoek, Namibia
28/09/10
Minister leaves for Windhoek, Namibia on 29th September, 2010 on an official visit to discuss the alternative sources and routes of petroleum products supply with his counterpart.

The Honourable Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Dr. P.H.K. Kedikilwe leaves for Windhoek, Namibia on 29th September, 2010 on an official visit to discuss the alternative sources and routes of petroleum products supply with his counterpart.

 

The main aim of the visit is to explore the possibility of sourcing fuel from other ports besides Durban in South Africa with a view to:

 

1.1         establish and foster relations on use of alternative sources and routes of supply for Botswana

 

1.2         explore the availability and use of storage facilities in Namibia for possible future use by Botswana

 

1.3         initiate discussions on the development of the Inter-Governmental Memorandum of Understanding (IGMOU) for the Energy Sector

 

1.4         apprise one another on the progress made towards the development of the Trans Kalahari Railway line.  

 

The visit is pursuant to several studies and consultations that the Ministry’s team of energy officials have conducted, and revealed a high potential for further cooperation on the development of the petroleum energy sub-sector.

The Ministry has held several consultative meetings with officials from Namibia, Mozambique, RSA and Zimbabwe.

 

Further consultations have also been conducted with the National Oil Company of Namibia, NAMCOR, to pursue the initiative for keeping Botswana “wet” in terms of fuel supplies.

 

The visit is a shot in the arm to strengthen continued meetings between Namibia and Botswana energy officials for the continued support on the establishment of a Botswana National Oil Company (NOCOB).

Botswana consumes 850 million litres of petroleum products annually, almost all are imported from the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and some small quantities from the Republic of Namibia.

The refineries, storage and transport infrastructure for RSA and (South African Customs Union (SACU) countries are not adequate to meet regional demand. Currently, RSA is a net importer of petroleum products.

 

While in Namibia, the Minister will pay a courtesy call to His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba. The Minister will join the Botswana Embassy in Windhoek in celebrating Botswana’s 44th Independence.

 

The Minister will be accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry. He is expected back on the 3rd October, 2010.

 

 

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