Developer sought for new manganese terminal at Port of Ngqura

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The manganese ore dump site situated at the Port of Port Elizabeth.
The manganese ore dump site situated at the Port of Port Elizabeth.
Thandi Setokoe
  • The new Manganese terminal project will relocate the facility at the Port of Port Elizabeth to Ngqura.
  • South Africa holds nearly 80% of the world's known high-grade manganese reserves.
  • The development of the new terminal will be overseen by Transnet.

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has begun the search for a developer for a new manganese terminal and Liquid Bulk Terminal, which will be relocated from the port of Port Elizabeth to the Port of Ngqura.

The corporation announced on Monday that it had opened invitations for the Request for Proposals for the Manganese Export Terminal, in what is expected to beef up capacity.

The project will be overseen by Transnet, the state-owned entity that manages the country's ports. According to the CDC, the development would offer end-to-end services to the manganese sector in the country through "reliable and cost-effective bulk materials handling facility and export services and contribute towards economic development".

The Port of Ngqura is located north of the city of Port Elizabeth.

"The required technical solution is for a covered or enclosed Manganese Stockyard," the CDC said in a statement.

South Africa's manganese mines are concentrated in the Kalahari Basin, in the Northern Cape, and the region holds approximately 80% of the world’s high-grade manganese ore reserves.

"The project will unlock significant investment in the mining sector through improvement in logistics infrastructure and services, and … is therefore very critical in advancing the government's objectives as set out in the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan," the company said.

Manganese producers include South32, Kalagadi Manganese, Assmang, and the Hotazel Manganese Mines. The mineral has many industrial uses, particularly in construction and in steelmaking, it is also used to make clear glass, reduce the octane rating in petroleum and as a filler in dry-cell batteries.

Transnet earlier this year said the current location of the Manganese Terminal at the port of Port Elizabeth was earmarked for the second phase of the proposed Waterfront Development, and an Automotive Terminal.

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