The Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Destea) MEC, Makalo Mohale led a delegation of government officials at a ground-breaking ceremony of the Renergen Tretra4 gas plant in Virginia, on Tuesday. The plant will generate 400 temporary jobs during construction and is expected to receive its first gas in July 2021.
The helium gas liquid plant is the second of its kind in Africa, following the one in Algeria. The department hopes that this R700 million project will be a welcome economic boost in the Goldfields area, which is currently experiencing a down turn due to declining mining activity.
“It is indeed a historic day today, just few weeks after the inaugural Free State Investment Conference that we are breaking ground for a R700 million project. The Free State is ready to do business,” said Mohale.
Witnessing this momentous day were government officials, regulators, shareholders, suppliers, customers, affected land owners and the community.