Japanese companies study refurbishment of Lobito and Namibe ports in Angola

19 June 2006

Luanda, Angola, 19 June – The rehabilitation of the ports of Lobito and Namibe is valued at a total of US$65 million, with US$35 million for Lobito and US$30 million for Namibe, according to a study on the rehabilitation and modernization of Angola’s ports, drawn up by Japanese consultants, daily newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.

The proposal is part of a short-term Rehabilitation Plan set to be completed by 2010, for the two ports after a survey is carried out to establish the work needed to be done in order to deal with cargo, which is expected to double by 2010.

The newspaper also said that for the ports of Lobito and Namibe theer was no need to expand the size of the ports and work would focus on refurbishing the current facilities.

The study, drawn up by Japanese company Overseas Coastal Area Development Institute with the support of the Japanese Agency for International Development also proposes the construction of a new container terminal at Luanda’s port, in order to reduce congestion at existing terminals.

The new terminal, according to the proposal, would be built on the East side of the Port of Luanda.

According to the study, the general cargo and container terminals at Luanda Port are lacking in overall space.

The study covers the ports of Luanda, Lobito, Cabinda and Namibe, which are currently suffering from a lack of maintenance and operating capacity. (macauhub)