Portuguese consortium to carry out construction work on port of Praia, Cape Verde

1 September 2010

Praia, Cape Verde, 1 Sept – Portuguese construction consortium Somague/MSF/Etermar is to carry out the second phase of work to expand and modernise the port of Praia, worth 72 million euros, under the terms of a contract signed Tuesday with the Cape Verdean government.

The project for this second phase, which is due to be concluded within 30 months, covers refurbishment of the existing dock, construction of a protective mantle for the container park and building a 234-metre-long breakwater.

The project also includes extending the number 1 dock to around 450 metres, in order to make it possible for two container ships to manoeuvre more easily at the same time, regardless of movement of fuel ships at the end of the dock.

Dredging of the manoeuvre basin and installation of a navigational support system, as well as construction of the container park, are also part of the work now contracted.

The project to modernise and expand the port of Praia aims for the facility to have traffic of some 2 million tons of goods in 2030. (macauhub)