Port of Nacala in Mozambique to undergo repairs

6 July 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 July – The port of Nacala, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, will undergo emergency repair work due to the poor state of some of its basic facilities, specifically its container terminal, an official source said in Maputo.

Launching the feasibility study for expansion of the port of Nacala last Friday, the national director for infrastructures of the Transport Ministry, Ana Dimande, said that the emergency repairs were expected to begin in 2012.

Dimande added that the work would be funded by the central government and the Group of 19 partners, although the amount involved was not known so far.

Nacala has some of the best natural conditions for a port on the East coast of Africa but use of it has been very reduced so far, which could change once construction of a refinery is concluded in the areas along with a new coal terminal, which will likely be used to export coal mined in the Moatize region of Tete province.

The feasibility study that has now begun is being funded and carried out by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). (macauhub)