Sumbe, Angola, 27 May – Angolan oil company Sonangol has invested 17 million euros, of a totalled expected 60 million, in building Angola’s nautical school in the village of Candumbo (Kicombo) in the Sumbo municipality of Kwanza Sul province.
The first phase of the project, which is estimated to cost 17 million euros, is scheduled to begin in June and end in March 2011, with construction of road accesses, streets and general infrastructure.
The second phase of the project is made up of construction of the school facilities and is due to begin in June, 2012.
The nautical school will train sailors and sea navigation support staff.
“Sonangol’s marine fleet is growing and, taking into consideration the ‘angolanisation’ underway in the sector, over the next five years we expect to train 392 Angolan staff in workshop specialities and later in motor engineering and navigational staff courses,” according to a Sonangol official.
Angolan staff are currently trained in South Africa, India and Glasgow (United Kingdom), which has been quite expensive for Angola. (macauhub)