South Africa’s National Ports Authority launches RFP for 20MW solar PV/battery hybrid system for Richards Bay Port

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  • South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is calling for entities within the Energy sector to participate in its Request for Proposals (RFP) as it introduces the renewable energy purchase programme in the South African ports system.

TNPA has issued an RFP seeking a service provider to design, construct, test, commission, operate and maintain a 20 MW solar photovoltaics (PV) plant with a battery energy storage system, for a period of seven (7) years, at the Port of Richards Bay.

TNPA’s energy mix plans include the deployment of renewable energy, providing access to Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), micro grids, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS), back-up electricity generator sets and exploring the future use of green fuels such as ammonia and/or hydrogen in its marine fleet.

“Securing alternative energy capacity forms part of TNPAs Desired End State strategy that aims to enhance internal capabilities to ensure business continuity across the port system, whilst increasing business resilience and preserving the environment.” said Amanda Makgoga, Sector Specialist: Renewable Energy.

This renewable energy plant design will comprise a ground-mounted solar PV plant and a rooftop system. This helps in reducing carbon emissions and providing a cost-effective, reliable energy supply to the port and its users.

Future plans will see TNPA rolling out the Renewable Energy programme across all its commercial seaports, with overall installed capacity of approximately 100 MW.

Link on How to Access and Register eTenders_2 with Transnet

RFP documents for the Port of Richards Bay can be accessed from the National Treasury’s e-tender publication portal 

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Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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