New Port of Ngqura Tank Farm on track

2019-06-19 06:01
The 20ha Port of Ngqura Tank Farm site has been cleared of vegetation in preparation for bulk earthworks. Platform preparation has started in the centre of the site. TNPA has already completed the main access road from the N2 to the Tank Farm site to ease construction.     Photo:SUPPLIED

The 20ha Port of Ngqura Tank Farm site has been cleared of vegetation in preparation for bulk earthworks. Platform preparation has started in the centre of the site. TNPA has already completed the main access road from the N2 to the Tank Farm site to ease construction. Photo:SUPPLIED

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AFTER turning the first sod earlier this year, both Transnet Ports Authority (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 at the end of 2020.

The new tank farm in the Port of Ngqura will make way for an exciting new development in the Port of PE, which will demand the decommissioning of the existing liquid bulk facilities in the port.

According to Transnet corporate affairs manager, Sakhiwo Tetyana, after the commissioning of the Ngqura facility, the PE Tank Farm operators will wind down operations over a four-month period, whereafter the decommissioning and rehabilitation will commence.

“TNPA and these operators are working closely to finalise a decommissioning and remediation plan, to be approved by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

“According to the Waste Act, the current operators are responsible for the demolition and rehabilitation of the land. The rehabilitated land is to be handed back to TNPA in a condition that complies with the relevant legislation and Transnet’s sustainable development strategy for further development,” Tetyana said.

The estimated period for the decommissioning and rehabilitation will take from 36 to 48 months.

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.

Tetyana added, “Having completed phase one of the infrastructure required to service the site on March 28, 2014, TNPA commenced with phase two 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.”

However, 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.

Phase two includes the construction of the following land side 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.

“Having started with the construction of Phase 1 in January 2019, OTGC has completed the search and rescue of fauna and flora, the archaeology report of the site, the clearing of all vegetation and the soil being stripped.

“The palaeontology inspections and the bulk earthworks for the ground and platform preparation is ongoing,” Tetyana said.

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