Environmental Authorisation for New Berths at Port of Ngqura

DECEMBER 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Affairs has issued environmental authorisation for the construction of marine infrastructure at the Port of Ngqura.

The infrastructure includes a general cargo berth and liquid bulk berths at the port. The general cargo berth will be constructed towards the west of the Coega River.

This is in addition to the manganese export terminal that will replace the existing facility in the Port Elizabeth Harbour, which will be decommissioned.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said in a recent presentation on the manganese project, that Phase 1 of the upgrading of the rail link between the port and Hotazel in the Northern Cape, which involves the “partial doubling” of the Kimberley-De Aar section, was 92% complete.

Phase 2 involves the remaining rail infrastructure work packages and rolling stock acquisition “required for the full upgrade 6o 16 million tons a year.  

The total cost of the project is R26.7 billion, excluding the decommissioning of the existing facility, which is a separate project with its own budget. Of the R26.7 billion, R11.8 billion is required for the rail line upgrade, R8.6 billion for the port expansion, and 5.3 billion for the new rolling stock for the project.

Transnet states that 18 500 direct and 14 000 indirect job opportunities will be created during construction.

Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy will see the two Nelson Mandela Bay ports of Ngqura and PE positioned as the key players in three separate fields.

While Ngqura will be the “leading manganese exporter globally,” as well as “the leading transhipment container hub for sub-Saharan Africa”, Port Elizabeth will be “the leading automotive sub for sub-Saharan Africa”.

In a recent presentation, Port Elizabeth Port Manager Rajesh Dana said by 2019 the car terminal at the port would have a capacity of 360 000 units.

In addition, he said, provision was being made for a passenger terminal and a leisure and recreational marina development. - MetroMinutes.