After turning the first sod earlier this year, both Transnet Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Ngqura and Oil Tanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings (OTGC) are currently on track with the 24-month development period to commission the new liquid bulk Tank Farm in the port at the end of 2020.
With environmental compliance and the enhancement of the Nelson Mandela Bay economy as top priorities, various contracts have been awarded already – approximately 80% to local suppliers – and work is in full swing.
Having completed Phase 1 of the infrastructure required to service the site on 28 March 2014, TNPA commenced with Phase 2 in November 2018 when it awarded the contract for environmental search and rescue activities. This entailed the removal of indigenous and endangered plant and animals within the footprint of where construction activities will take place. These activities have been successfully completed. Apart from having obtained all the required permits, procurement is currently at an advanced stage – three of the main construction work packages have already been awarded. Another four have been advertised and the project team has made its recommendations to the National Acquisition Council.
The following contracts have been awarded to date – Environmental Search and Rescue to Zingce Environmental Solutions, Environmental Services to Keokoma Pty Ltd, the Port Entrance Plaza to Toro Ya Africa Socrasync JV and the Berth B100 Fire Fighting system to SA Five Engineering.
Phase 2 includes the construction of the following landside development, forming the link between the Tank Farm and the berth – environmental search and rescue to relocate plants and animals, a 3km access road to link the Tank Farm to Berth B100, a fuel line servitude, the Port Entrance Plaza, CCTV and access control, electrical substations and lighting, perimeter security fencing, data and telecommunications, a fire fighting system at Berth B100 and civil work at Berth B100.