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Boegoebaai rail and deep-water port project, South Africa – update

Name of the Project
Boegoebaai rail and deep-water port project.

Boegoebaai, in the Northern Cape of in South Africa, near the Namibian border.

Project Owner/s
State-owned Transnet National PortsAuthority (TNPA).

Project Description
The project entails the design, funding and construction of a greenfield deep-water port at Boegoebaai, as well as rail infrastructurelinking the port to mines in the province.

Boegoebaai has been earmarked as a possible hub for the production and export of green hydrogen and derivative products.

The TNPA released a request for qualification (RFQ) in August 2022 for the design, funding and construction of the proposed greenfield port and railinfrastructure as a precursor to a possible future request for proposals (RFPs).

Potential Job Creation
To be determined.

Capital Expenditure
To be determined.

Planned Start/End Date
The TNPA aims to operationalise a port in the region by 2026.

Latest Developments
The TNPA has released details of the companies participating in the three consortia shortlisted to participate in an upcoming bidding process for the project.

The three consortia were named in late July as being the Boegoebaai Port & RailConsortium, the Boegoebaai Development Consortium and the Project Elephant Consortium.

TNPA has subsequently confirmed to Engineering News that the participants in the consortia are:

Port of Rotterdam, A.P Moller and Capital, Nako Systra, Nako Iliso, CPRDW-ConsultingPort and Coastal Engineers, WBHO, Thelo and DB Scheneker in the Boegoebaai Port & Rail Consortium;

Meridiam SAS, Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Managers, Bouygues TP, Vinci Construction, Raubex Group, Coega Development Corporation, Afrimat Limited, WSP Consulting Engineers and Gibb Consulting Engineers in the Boegoebaai Development Consortium; and

Newlyn Group’s Briardale Trading, Afcon Infrastructure Limited, Yapi Merkezi Insaat ve Sanayi Anonim Sirketi, Mota-Engil and Traxtion Sheltam in the Project Elephant Consortium.

TNPA has confirmed that an RFP will be issued to the qualifying consortia, but has not yet confirmed a release date for the tender.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
TNPA, tel +27 11 351 9001.