TRANSNET National Ports Authority (TNPA) updated stakeholders at an engagement session recently regarding progress made on establishing the Port of Ngqura as a new petroleum trading hub for Southern Africa. TNPA has already completed phase one of the infrastructure required to service the site. This includes the construction of a new access road from the N2 to the location where Oil Tanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings (OTGC), the private terminal operator, will build the new tank farm. TNPA also completed the detailed design of the new Port Entrance Plaza and the new main access road, including the pipe line servitude that will form the link between the new tank farm and the port. Phase two of the project is expected to commence next month and includes the landside development, forming the link between the tank farm and the berth. According to the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) agreement OTGC will plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate the new liquid bulk handling facility in the port. The concept engineering design and the relevant surveys have been completed and construction is due to start next month. This OTGC development in the Port of Ngqura will also make way for the decommissioning and remediation of the existing liquid bulk facilities in the Port of PE. As part of the cut over strategy and subsequent to the commissioning of the Ngqura facility, the PE Tank Farm operators will wind down operations over a period of four months. During this period it is envisaged that no further related shipments will be received in the Port of PE. According to the statement, TNPA is working closely with the PE Tank Farm operators to compile a decommissioning and remediation plan, which once approved by Department of Environmental Affairs, will be executed after the four month winding down period.“The development period of 24 months will commence on November 1, this year and we look forward to having an operational terminal at the Port of Ngqura by November 1, 2020,” the statement read.