Port Elizabeth To Become A “Clean Port” - Tau Morwe


Port Elizabeth is set to become a “clean port” in the future that will focus on automotives and fruit,” Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) CEO Tau Morwe has told the African Ports Evolution Conference in Durban.

Engineering News reports that Morwe said plans for the Port of Port Elizabeth were aimed at “transforming it into a cleaner port, which focused mainly on cleaner cargoes such as vehicles and fruit”.

Transnet revealed earlier that it wanted Port Elizabeth to become the country’s premier automotive hub.

In a recent presentation, TNPA said Port Elizabeth had also been identified as the venue for the repair of fishing boats as well as boat building.

Morwe added that TNPA was also working towards a waterfront development in conjunction with Nelson Mandela Bay.

The transformation of Port Elizabeth into a clean port will become possible with the relocation of the manganese facility and ore tank farm to Coega that is scheduled to be completed by 2019.

With regard to liquefied natural gas (LNG), Engineering News reports that Morwe said investigations were underway to make Saldanha the LNG hub “as well as the departure point for an LNG pipeline linking to Coega”.

He said plans for Richards Bay also included looking at the establishment of a LNG facility.

TNPA revealed in the earlier presentation that it planned to spend R13.67 billion on the Ngqura and Port Elizabeth ports in Nelson Mandela Bay over the next seven years starting in the current 2014/15 financial year.

Of this R12.85 billion will be spent at Ngqura and R820 million at PE.

This is 31.4% of TNPA’s total planned capital expenditure over the seven year period of R43.5 billion.

Work on the two slipways at the Port Elizabeth Harbour will get underway in October this year and be completed in October 2016 at a cost of R229 million. - MetroMinutes.


Photo Caption: Transnet National Ports Authority CEO Tau Morwe. Photo courtesy of www.bdlive.co.za