Contractors being appointed for Ngqura TNPA admin building

DECEMBER 1, 2014

A total of 90% of the procurement of the contractors for the construction of the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) administration building had been completed, Port Manager Mpume Dweba said this morning.

Addressing a business breakfast briefing hosted by TRNPA, she also announced that the automated mooring system at the port would be operational in April next year.

As far as the refurbishment of the sand bypass was concerned, the Port Manager said 76% of the procurement of the required spares for the project had been completed.

On the relocation of the existing manganese facility from Port Elizabeth to Ngqura, Dweba said the construction of the new manganese terminal would be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

TNPA plans to export some 16 million tons of manganese a year through the terminal with the rail link to the Northern Cape being strengthened and extended through addition loops to ferry the ore to the port and IDZ.

With regard to the new tank farm, which Oiltanking and Grindrod Calulo will build and operate, she said there were issues that still needed to be resolved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa)

In an earlier presentation TNPA General Manager Nico Walters said that the Port of Ngqura was also being looked at with regard to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

As part of the Market Demand Strategy, a total of R14.7 billion will be spent on the port over the next seven years.

Ngqura is being positioned as the country’s premier transhipment hub for Southern Africa, Dweba pointing out that there had been a substantial increase in the number of containers handled since the port became operational.

She added that the market strategy for the port was the development of new business in order to grow the volumes through the port. - metrominutes