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TNPA sets out to procure 20 MW of solar PV capacity for Richards Bay port

The Port of Richards Bay

The Port of Richards Bay

24th May 2023

By: Creamer Media Reporter


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The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a service provider to design, build, test, commission, operate and maintain a 20 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, with a battery energy storage system (BESS), for seven years, at the Port of Richards Bay.

The design is expected to incorporate a ground-mounted solar PV plant, as well as a rooftop solar PV system.

This forms part of plans to install about 100 MW of renewable energy across TNPA's commercial seaports.

“Securing alternative energy capacity forms part of TNPA's Desired End State strategy that aims to enhance internal capabilities to ensure business continuity across the port system, while increasing business resilience and preserving the environment,” says TNPA renewable energy sector specialist Amanda Makgoga.

TNPA plans to make use of a mix of renewable energy, liquefied natural gas, microgrids, BESSs and backup electricity generator sets to ensure reliable energy supply to ports and their users, while also reducing carbon emissions.

It also intends to explore the future use of green fuels, such as ammonia or hydrogen, in its marine fleet.

The RFP deadline has been set for 16:00 on June 30, but interested parties must attend a compulsory briefing on May 30.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online


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