Mozambique: Construction of silos at Nacala port begins

5 December 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 Dec – Construction work on silos in the port of Nacala, in Mozambique’s’ Nampula province, has already begun, and includes six out of a total 12 that are due to be built in the port and railway complex, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The paper added that construction of the first six silos, with private financial support, would take a maximum nine months, and would provide storage capacity for 30,000 tons of cereal.

Speaking to journalists, Fernando Couto, the chief executive of Corredor de Desenvolvimento do Norte (CDN) the concession-holder which manages Nacala Port and the railway linking it to Malawi, said that silo construction would bring new life to the port, especially in transporting foodstuffs such as wheat to neighboring countries.

“In total 12 silos and a warehouse will be built, which will store up to 60,000 tons of food. It is a big private investment, expected to cost US$8.5 million. “For us, this means a guarantee that the investor will be another potential customer for our port when the silos are finished and start to be used,” Couto noted. (macauhub)