Administration of port of Soyo, Angola, invests in port expansion

15 March 2010

Soyo, Angola, 15 March – The administration of the port of Soyo in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda is investing in technical and administrative infrastructures in order to meet demand resulting from the region’s economic growth, said the port’s general director, Abel Paulo.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Paulo also said that the development programme, due to be implemented this year and in 2011, aimed to acquire port equipment and build a further 300 metres of dock, build a new main administrative building and the dry ports of Nzeto and Tomboco.

New discoveries in the region’s oil blocks, the Angola LNG natural gas processing factory, which is due to start operating soon, the drive of local tourism with the execution of new projects, the prospects of new figures on growth of the fishing industry, trade and other aspects were driving the company’s new investments, the director general said.

Paulo added that the investments also covered the recuperation and equipping of the port of Nóqui, which is a production unit linked to the port of Soyo located in the north of Angola.

The port of Nóqui, which is considered to be another unit in the country and the border region’s economic framework, for its role in supplying the interior of the provinces of Zaire and Uíge as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some time ago benefitted from the recuperation and equipment of the port affected by the civil war.

With its current installed capacity, the Soyo river port is capable of receiving five long haul ships per day (from Europe, America, Asia and other African countries), an annually processes 7.6 million tons of imported and exported goods

According to the manager, the movement of Angolan ships, of the same number per day that the dock is able to receive, has dropped recently due to the inexistence or reduced fleet of Cabotang and Sécil Marítima.

The port of Soyo is 30 years old and was mainly created to support the launch of operations of the oil industry. (macauhub)