Refurbishment work on Porto Novo dock in Cape Verde due to begin in May

12 February 2010

Porto Novo, Cape Verde, 12 Feb – The first phase of refurbishment and expansion work on the port of Porto Novo is due to begin next May, the chief executive of national ports management company, Enapor, Jorge Pimenta Rodrigues said in Santo Antão.

The project, estimated to cost 24 million euros (2.6 billion Cape Verdean escudos) includes expanding the port to enable it to receive to roll on/roll off ships at the same time as well as two more smaller vessels.

The Porto Novo dock, which is 273 metres long and was built in 1962, after the project is carried out will be 323 metres long thus giving the port better conditions for ship and storage operations.

Pimenta Rodrigues told Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress that the consortium that would carry out the work had been found and is made up of SETH-OFM/Irmãos Cavaco (Portugal) and Empreitel Figueiredo (Cape Verde), which is due ot arrive in Santo antão in March.

The contract between the Cape Verdean government and the consortium is expected to be signed this week.

In the first phase of the project, whose period of execution is 20 months, a passenger terminal will be built along with a car park, two roll-on/roll-off ship ramps, as well as other areas such as a warehouse, administrative building and garage.

The second phase of the project, whose period of execution has yet to be established, outlines widening the dock by a further 130 metres, construction of an avenue that will link the port to the centre of the city of Porto Novo, a fishing dock, a marine recreation area and a view point with a restaurant.

For the next three years the government has earmarked investment in the port sector of around 300 million euros (around 33 billion escudos) and, as well as Porto Novo, the package includes the ports of Praia, Palmeira (Sal), Sal-Rei (Boa Visat) and Vale dos Cavaleiros (Fogo). (macauhub)