Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Issues Provisional Atmospheric Emissions Licence for Manganese Export Facility

BY SUPPLIED - AUGUST 26, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, as the licensing authority, has issued a Provisional Atmospheric Emissions Licence to Transnet for the Manganese export facility at the Port of Ngqura, Coega Industrial Development Zone and Tankatara area.

This follows the granting of environ-mental authorisation for the project by the Department of Environmental Affairs last month.

The key components of the project are the manganese export terminal; rail compilation yard and the doubling of the railway line and ancillary infra-structure and services.

Transnet has stated that construction of the export terminal will be completed in 2018 with Transnet Freight Rail CEO Siyabonga Gama saying recently that the first manganese would leave the port in 2019.

That in turn will pave the way for the decommissioning of the existing manganese facility in the Port of Port Elizabeth for which a separate environ-mental impact assessment (EIA) is currently underway.

An EIA is also being conducted for the upgrading of the rail link between the Coega IDZ and Hotazel in the Northern Cape for the ferrying of manganese.

The new export facility will have an initial.

 

CAPTION: A Class 36 shunting locomotive manoeuvres between empty manganese wagons at the Port of Port Elizabeth. IMAGE sourced from overendstudio.co.za