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Transnet planning to decommission and demolish old Saltworks facility

DECEMBER 4, 2014

Transnet has embarked on an environmental assessment process for the decommissioning and demolition of the old saltworks facility and associated structures in the Port of Ngqura.

The Basic Information Document for the project states that the proposed demolition work will include the excavation, removal and moving of more than five cubic metres of sand, shells, shell grit, pebbles or rock from the area.

The document points out that the long-term Port Development Framework for the Port of Ngqura allows for the future development of the port up the Coega Estuary Channel.

“However, the old Coega Saltworks Facility and surrounding dwellings are located within the area earmarked for the future expansion of the port.”

As a result, Transnet needs to demolish and remove these unused buildings and structures that have not been used since 2008, when Cerebos Salt moved their operations to Zone 7 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ).

The document states that following decommissioning and demolition, Transnet plans to rehabilitate the site “with the overall objective to create a vacant grassed area within the port”.

This will meet “future development requirements in terms of the expansion plans in the Development Framework”.

The document points out that some areas of the site contain oil and diesel contamination, adding that some of the soil will require “on-site bio-treatment”.

It says that the remainder of the contaminated soil will be excavated, temporarily stockpiled in a designated area on site - placed in leak-proof storage skip - and thereafter removed and disposed of at a hazardous waste site.

The Basic Assessment will be submitted to the National Department of Environ-mental Affairs.

The decommissioning and demolition of the old saltworks facility will mean the end of one of Port Elizabeth’s land-marks. - metrominutes