The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced today that it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) inviting capable and competent Service Providers (SP) with proven experience and track-record to submit Proposals for the Development of a new Manganese Export Terminal (NMET) at the Port of Ngqura, in Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth) Eastern Cape Province.
The Request for Proposal follows the announcement by Transnet SOC Ltd on 9 June 2021 that the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the CDC as the Implementing Agent of choice for the relocation of the manganese terminal and the Liquid Bulk Terminal from the Port of Port Elizabeth to the Port of Ngqura.
This relationship between Transnet and the CDC is consistent with the objective of the Government to leverage areas of excellence to increase the capacity of the State to deliver.
The primary objective of this project is to provide world-class end-to-end services to the manganese Sector in South Africa by ensuring that there is a reliable, efficient and cost-effective bulk materials handling facility and impeccable export services at the Port of Ngqura.
It will contribute to the much-needed economic development of the country.
“After this milestone, the CDC is now proceeding to the next phase seeking to secure services of a suitable Service Provider that is solutions-orientated,” says Dr Mpumi Mabula, CDC’s Executive Manager for Infrastructure Planning & Development.
“The CDC is known for its expertise in complex and mega infrastructure development projects throughout the country and in certain parts of the African continent.
“The CDC has proven to be the leading Implementing Agent of choice to fast-track implementation of several government infrastructure development projects which include the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) in Gauteng, City of Tshwane, in which the government is investing R3,3 billion in infrastructure that has unlocked R4,3 billion in investment from automotive component suppliers, and R15,8 billion from the Ford Motor Company.”
“Our partnership with Transnet, therefore, seeks to fast-track infrastructure delivery for the benefit of the country, given the importance of logistics as an enabler of economic development which is needed especially – amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“As far as Coega is concerned, we see the development of a new Manganese Export Terminal (NMET) at the Port of Ngqura as contributing towards sustainable and inclusive growth,” adds Dr Mabula.
The project will unlock significant investment in the mining sector through improvement in logistics infrastructure and services, and this development is therefore very critical in advancing the government’s objectives as set out in the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.
The new Manganese Export Terminal seeks to have facilities that meet the best environmental standards, with a focus also on near-zero dust emissions, and zero impact on the groundwater, and other natural resources.
The required technical solution is for a covered or enclosed Manganese Stockyard.
“We are moving away from an Open Stockyard solution for environmental sustainability and world-class best practices,” remarks Dr Mabula.