TNPA Issues Request For Qualification On The Development Of A New Port And Associated Rail In The Northern Cape

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is calling on port and rail developers to respond to its Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the design, funding and construction of planned port and rail infrastructure in the Northern Cape Province.

The RFQ is intended to obtain information to shape the final solution as well as identify and select qualifying developers who can undertake the design, funding and construction of a capital-efficient greenfield, deep-water port and associated infrastructure in the Northern Cape Province. The RFQ also seeks a rail solution proposal which will connect the port to the mining and industrial hubs in the province.

“The information sought through the RFQ is necessary for TNPA to chart a way forward in line with our strategic objective to operationalise a port in the region by 2026,” said TNPA Programme Director, Magenthran Ruthenavelu.

The development of a port in the Northern Cape Province is a first step toward realizing the country’s Green Hydrogen Strategy regarded by the Northern Cape Province as an important driver toward a “Just Energy Transition".

Ruthenavelu said: “Over and above the catalytic effect of new port and rail infrastructure to the local economy, the investment could also provide an additional, cost-effective channel to market for manganese exporters in the province. It will bring much-needed relief to emerging miners who are currently restricted by high road transportation costs and no access to current export channels due to capacity constraints.”

The deadline for submissions is 2 November 2022 at 12h00.

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