DEVELOPMENT: Work Continues at Coega's Port of Ngqura
Recent Western Cape Business News
Grinaker-LTA is continuing its ongoing work at the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth, with the award of a R100-million contract for a new hauler yard and accompanying buildings at the Port of Ngqura.
Gary Berkland, commercial manager at Grinaker-LTA Building Cape, explains that this contract forms part of the infrastructure development being undertaken by Transnet at the port, ahead of the first container ship docking there in 2009. The construction of a new administration building, mess and ablution facilities is already well underway, Grinaker-LTA having commenced this R67-million contract at the Port of Ngqura in March this year.
The contractor’s latest undertaking there comprises several elements: the 3 684 m2 hauler zone and its accompanying 1 787 m2 of external works, the container terminal entrance, quay-side and rail ablutions, main port entrance and the trailer park “hardstand” area. “It’s a total of more than 7 000 m2 of new buildings and associated external works,” Berkland states, noting that the project could be classified as ‘bi-disciplinary’ since the earthworks sub-contractor’s sub-contract accounts for 27% of the contract value.
“There are four main areas of the port in which we will be working - namely the hauler zone, port entrance, container terminal entrance and ablution facilities,” he adds. “The hauler zone building will be on piles with a raft foundation.”
Challenges that the contractor expects to encounter during the course of this contract include logistical demands on site, a tight programme, stringent health and safety stipulations and working with the NEC3-form of contract, Berkland concludes.
Grinaker-LTA’s contract is scheduled for completion in August 2009.
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