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Project proposals requested to sustain water and energy supply to EC ports

Home Infrastructure Energy – Power Generation Project proposals requested to sustain water and energy supply to EC ports

TRANSNET National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued three Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the construction of two solar-powered seawater desalination plants and a renewable energy power system.

In response to its exposure to a range of climate change risks, Transnet is leveraging opportunities offered by green and cleaner options such as renewable energy as part of the transition to a lower carbon business.

TNPA says these projects align with its strategic plan to enhance sustainability in response to climate change and reduce energy costs across its commercial ports.

The two solar-powered seawater desalination plants will have a daily production capacity of approximately 800,00 litres of potable water for the port of Port Elizabeth and 500,000 litres for the port of Ngqura. The plants are set to improve the reliability of freshwater supply for port users.

The third RFP is for the design, construction and operation of a 7 MW hybrid renewable energy plant that has a battery energy storage system of 6 MWh at the Port of Ngqura. This renewable energy plant will assist in decarbonising port operations and improve the reliability and availability of supply.

Advocate Phyllis Difeto TNPA acting chief executive said, “Global shipping trends highlight sustainability as one of the most impactful strategic tactics in promoting greener and cleaner initiatives. This requires the ports authority to accelerate its plans to develop a port system that is efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly.”

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