Mozambican government to build new deep water port in Maputo

8 July 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 July – The Mozambican government has decided to launch the project for construction of a deep water port in the Techobanine region, in Matutuíne district, Maputo province, the country’s Transport and Communication Minister said Tuesday in Maputo.

The new port, which is estimated to cost 7 billion meticals (US$207 million), according to Minister Paulo Zucula, will reduce congestion at the port of Maputo and be used for the trade relations between Botswana and its partners.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ceremony for new board members of rail and port management company Portos e Caminhos-de-Ferro de Moçambique (Cfm), to take office Zucula said that the new facility would be able to handle more cargo than the port of Maputo, with the advantage that it would not need dredging services, as is the case with the ports of Maputo and Beira, as it is a deep water port.

The Mozambican authorities have been accompanying mineral coal prospecting operations underway in Botswana, which, based on preliminary indicators, is of great quality and may provide some 40 million tonnes of coal per year.

This, according to the rail and port operators in Mozambique, is an excellent business opportunity, particularly for Cfm, which is why the opening of the port at Techobanine is being watched with particular interest. (macauhub)