Boegoebaai is approximately 60km north of Port Nolloth and 20km south of the border between Namibia and South Africa in the Richtersveld Local Municipality area. The primary opportunity of the site is the short distance between the coastline and relatively deep water. The location places it relatively close in proximity to rich mining and agriculture sectors compared to other existing ports.
It is to be noted that the envisaged Boegoebaai deep water port will be a Greenfields development. The project is the first development of this magnitude to be undertaken by the Province in the last 26 years.
NUMBER OF JOBS TO BE CREATED
• The estimated direct construction job creation is 2971
• Estimated direct operational jobs is 400
• Indirect and induced jobs are a further 13 819
• Capital cost: R13.8-billion
• Project IRR: 13,3%
• Project NPV: R4.406 billion
• Economic IRR: 48.4%
• Economic NPV: R44 billion
• Economic Benefit Cost Ratio: 2.46
PROJECT NAME AND BACKGROUND
The Northern Cape Province has the volumes of commodities to warrant a deep-sea commercial port, specifically as a result of mining and agricultural activities. All commodities are currently transported via road or rail for exports through ports in other provinces, effectively making the Northern Cape economically landlocked, even though it has access to 338km of Atlantic coastline. Despite a 70% gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the transport sector between 2010 and 2016, save for Port Nolloth, the Northern Cape did not experience the GDP growth as a result of seaport activities.
The Boegoebaai site has all the advantages for the potential development of a deep-sea port, namely:
• The 20-metre contour is 250m offshore
• It is a greenfield site owned by the people of the Richtersveld through the Community Property Association (CPA)
THE NORTHERN CAPE GREEN HYROGEN
THE STRATEGY IS EXPORT-MARKET FOCUSED IN THE INITIAL STAGES.
1. To position the Northern Cape as a future leader in green hydrogen production and export;
2. To enable the province’s green hydrogen potential through the development of catalytic infrastructure in the form of the planned Boegoebaai port and rail project, and adjacent green hydrogen Special Economic Zone (SEZ), storage infrastructure, transmission grids, and pipelines;
3. To have 5 GW of electrolysis capacity supported by 10 GW of renewable energy generation under construction in the Northern Cape by 2025 - 2026;
4. To maximize the job creation, skills development, youth employment, and investment attraction potential of green hydrogen. This will be done through the strategic localisation and reindustrialization of manufacturing aimed at green hydrogen and renewable energy components and products including attracting a tier-1 solar photovoltaic (PV) panel and wind turbine manufacturers to the Northern Cape by 2025;
5. To utilize the Northern Cape’s green hydrogen generation capacity to support the accelerated decarbonisation of the South African economy especially the large, carbon-intensive industrial base, and to attract heavy industry wishing to go green to relocate to South Africa;
6. To utilise green hydrogen and concessional development finance to support a Just Energy Transition in South Africa.
The port will have the Dry Bulk Terminal for exports; Liquid Bulk Terminal to handle various bulk liquid products and the Multi-Purpose Container Terminal.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
Deep-water port development comprising two berths: one dry bulk export berth and one break bulk berth, supported by a 550km railway line, bulk services and associated social infrastructure.
PROJECT FINANCED BY
The project is being developed in terms of the PPP Project Cycle in terms of the Treasury Regulation 16 of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999. The development of a Northern Cape Provincial SEZ Establishment Framework will be used for a Special Economic Zone as an economic growth and development instrument to attract new local and foreign investment. This project will be structured as a PPP, primarily to transfer risk and to source investment. Optimal risk allocation creates value. By granting a long-term concession, market, investment, and operational risks can be transferred to a terminal that can absorb part of the commercial risk. A PPP for a deep-water port of the nature being contemplated at Boegoebaai would typically operate within a concession framework. This means that the private party/concessionaire is granted permission by the appropriate public procuring entity to design, build, finance, insure, operate and maintain the port and collect revenues from it, for a fixed period of time after which the port will be handed back to the public entity.
Business case and feasibility studies reports have been completed and a conditional approval from National Treasury
-Treasury Approval 1 (TA1) has been obtained with the request to proceed with TA2 A in a form of Request for Qualification (RfQ) process. The following outlines the project’s deliverables to be completed:
• Transactional Advisory for TA2 and TA3
• Legal Imperatives
• Market Sounding
• Financial and Capital Raising
• Project Management Office (PMO)