AN old dame of the sea is making her way to Port Elizabeth from Mossel Bay. PetroSA's floating production and storage facility, the Orca, will from next week be docked at the Port of Ngqura.
The 44-year-old Orca will undergo reclassification and refurbishment upgrades for up to 12 months at the harbour. This period may be renewed for another year.
The Orca, originally a drilling rig that underwent conversion into a floating production platform in 1997, had since 2008 been utilised by PetroSA to produce oil from the Oribi/Oryx oilfields off the South Coast of the country. Also, in this time, it had produced 46 million barrels of crude oil.
PetroSA yesterday said the Orca was being towed from the oilfields, located close to Mossel Bay, and was expected to arrive in Port Elizabeth next week.
PetroSA chief executive Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo said the Orca had served the company well. "While docked at the Port of Ngqura we will also ensure we comply with all environmental legislation," she said.
The Orca will not have crude oil on board while docked at Ngqura.