Angola: Portuguese consortium Mota-Engil/Soares da Costa to carry out renewal of Luanda bay

18 May 2009

Luanda, Angola, 18 May – The Mota-Engil/Soares da Costa construction consortium Saturday signed the contract to carry out the land-based part of the project for the renewal of Luanda bay, a project expected to cost US$127 million.

The international tender awarded to the Portuguese consortium was launched by Baía de Luanda, SA and the project’s “financial structure” is the responsibility of Banco Comercial Português and Banco Privado Atlântico (BPA).

The work, due to be carried out by the Portuguese companies over a period of 700 days, will redefine the coastal road, which will have six lanes, and four in areas where it intersects with other roads.

The project also includes a bridge linking the coastal road to the island of Luanda, 12 car parks with 1,600 spaces, the creation of 127,000 square metres of green areas, a new sewage system and a new public lighting system.

The renewal of Luanda Bay was decided by the Angolan government in 2003 and work, in the sea, began in 2007, and was halted in mid-2008.

In the sea, the project is in its third stage, according to official documents and includes opening up a channel and dredging a vast area of the bay, which has made it possible to reclaim between 50 and 150 metres of land from the sea along the coastal road that links the island of Luanda to the Angolan capital’s port.

Cleaning up the bay of pollution by removing contaminated sediments from it, over an area of 180,000 square metres is another aim of the project. (macauhub)