The green port making green energy possible
03 June 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202019243
AS the only port with a green status in the Southern African port system, the Port of Ngqura has now established itself as the ideal partner in bringing green energy to our nation.
That’s according to Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA), which said the port had provided a safe gateway, temporary storage and an accessible distribution point for wind turbine components imported from Spain since 2012.
These components - consisting of wind turbine tower parts, blades, etc. - are destined for various windfarm projects throughout the country. They include the Golden Valley Wind Farm, the Nxuba Wind Farm between Bedford and Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape and the Roggeveld Wind Farm in the Karoo, spanning both the Northern Cape and Western Cape. Most of the country’s wind farms are in the Eastern Cape.
The port has been a major player since the Department of Energy approved these projects as part of the Independent Power Producer (IPP) process in 2012.
“The port is uniquely positioned to accommodate these special projects cargo or abnormal cargo, classified as General Cargo, at its Finger Jetty. It also has a dedicated laydown area of 80 000 m² to store these massive components,” said Nozipho Booi, New Business Development Manager at the port.
“The port’s ideal location and accessibility to the national freeway, makes road-haulage of the components to its destination easier, compared to a city-locked port. The surrounding infrastructure linking the port to the hinterland is also ideal – no restrictive bridges and the road can handle the abnormal cargo size and weight.
Port Manager Tandi Lebakeng said the almost 50 000 tons of wind turbine cargo imported in the 2019/20 financial year fit perfectly into the port’s revenue diversification strategy of avoiding over-reliance on a single revenue stream.
Green port status means that it is a port that was subjected to environmental legislation during its entire development – from pre-construction, during its current operation and will be during its future development.