TPT gets set to develop R8 bn bulk terminal

The granting of a permanent operating licence for the manganese terminal at the Port of Ngqura gives Transnet Port Terminals the green light for the estimated R8 billion development of a bulk minerals export terminal. The terminal is set to handle its first vessel in February 2019.
“It’s all systems go for us to relocate our Port Elizabeth manganese operation by the 2018/19 deadline. We will operate the existing two deepwater dry bulk berths C100 and C101 at the Port of Ngqura (PoN) while the full expansion project ramps up to meet an anticipated throughput demand of 16mt per annum by 2020 and thereafter to 22mt if required,” said Karl Socikwa chief executive of TPT.
The organisation has invested in additional capital for minor refurbishment of the total plant at the Port Elizabeth terminal to sustain the current plant capacity until the anticipated Ngqura Manganese Export Terminal start-up, according to Socikwa. The annual Port Elizabeth terminal shut down commenced on 11 August 2015 and coincides with the TFR and manganese industry shutdowns.
“In order to minimise the disruption of manganese exports during the relocation some of the ore will be redirected through Saldanha and Durban and containerised.”

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