As the only port with a green status in the Southern African port system, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Ngqura has now established itself as the ideal partner in bringing green energy to our nation. It has 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. The majority of wind farms are located across the Eastern Cape. The port has been a major player since the Department of Energy has approved these projects as part of the Independent Power Producer (IPP) process in 2012.

Unique offering

“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. The port’s ideal location and accessibility to the national freeway, makes road-haulage of the components to its destination easier, compared to 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,” said Nozipho Booi, New Business Development Manager: Port of Ngqura.

Additional revenue stream

“The almost 50 000 million tons of wind turbine cargo that was 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,” said Tandi Lebakeng, Port Manager of the Port of Ngqura.

What is a green port?

A 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.

Wind turbine tower components (top) and blades (bottom) stored in the Port of Ngqura before being transported by road and assembled at various wind farms throughout the country.