The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is encouraging Port Elizabeth Liquid Bulk Tankfarm tenants, as well as any other parties interested in securing liquid bulk storage capacity, to contact the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).
This is premised on TNPA’s confirmation of its support and assistance to the CDC in its endeavour to develop the Coega Liquid Bulk Terminal within the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) located adjacent to the Port of Nqgura.
TNPA’s announcement of support is informed by its decision to not proceed with the development of a liquid bulk terminal at the Port of Ngqura after careful consideration of, besides other factors, the market environment, causal factors that led to the termination of the Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) project, as well as functions of a landlord authority which dictates that it should not involve itself in port operations.
Additionally, TNPA says it also considered the advanced progress of a CDC Liquid Bulk Tank facility at the Coega SEZ; the risk of oversupply of tank facilities if both the CDC and TNPA develop respective tank farms without due regard to what the other State-owned entity (SOE) is doing; and coordination of actions of the respective SOEs as per Section 11(3) of the National Ports Act of 2005.
The development of a liquid bulk terminal at the Port of Ngqura is one of the strategic projects that the ports authority has been pursuing in an effort to increase the liquid bulk port capacity for the Nelson Mandela Bay region.
The project was prompted by the planned closure of the Port Elizabeth Liquid Bulk Tankfarm, the resultant impact anticipated as being no liquid bulk storage facility for clean fuels, feedstock and liquid petroleum gas in the region.
Pursuant to an open and competitive tender process issued in terms of Section 56 of the Act, OTGC was appointed to undertake the planning, design, funding, construction and operation of a new liquid bulk handling and storage facility at the Port of Ngqura.
In October 2020, OTGC indicated that the project would not proceed owing to commercial viability challenges.
The project was terminated, and the site was handed back to TNPA in November 2020.
TNPA then had to involuntarily step in to consider a liquid bulk storage solution at the Port of Ngqura.
In June this year, TNPA appointed the CDC as its implementing agent for the execution of the relocation of the Port of Port Elizabeth Liquid Bulk Tankfarm and the development of a liquid bulk terminal at the Port of Ngqura.
This was also premised on the advanced plans that the CDC had implemented in the delivery of a tank farm in the Coega SEZ, which would ensure the tank farm is brought on stream sooner than other alternatives.
TNPA’s decision not to continue with the development of a liquid bulk terminal at the Port of Ngqura has no impact on the planned closure of the Port of Port Elizabeth Liquid Bulk Tankfarm, it confirms.
The closure of the Port of Port Elizabeth Liquid Bulk Tankfarm will pave the way for Phase 2 of the long-awaited Port Elizabeth Waterfront, which TNPA says will be a catalytic project that will change the physical and economic face of the Port of Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Bay.