Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued a request for new port and rail infrastructure to be developed in the Northern Cape province in order to fast-track the country’s green hydrogen strategy.
It is calling on port and rail developers to respond to its request for qualification (RFQ) for the design, funding, and construction of the networks as they will be regarded as an important driver towards a “Just Energy Transition” by the Northern Cape (and the country at large).
“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.
“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.”
Manganese is also used in greener technologies.
Ruthenavelu adds that the new infrastructures will also bring much-needed relief to emerging miners that are currently restricted by high road transportation costs as well as those with no access to current export channels due to capacity constraints.
Palesa Mofokeng is a Moneyweb intern.