Port in Barra do Dande, Angola, to become country’s main port facility

19 October 2011

Luanda, Angola, 19 Oct – The port of Barra do Dande, in Angola’s Bengo province, construction of which has been approved, will become the main port of entry and exit for goods in the country, President José Eduardo dos Santos said in Luanda Tuesday.

As part of his State of the Nation presentation at the beginning of another legal year, the President noted another important investment underway in the sector, specifically construction of a new quay in Cabinda, which will serve as a base for construction of a deep water port in Caio, the executive project for which is in the final stages of being drawn up.

“The refurbishment of airport facilities continues and the airports of Cabinda, Catumbela, Benguela, Malanje, Ondjiva, Lubango and Huambo have been modernised and Carianga airport, in Ndalatando is ready to be inaugurated,” said Eduardo dos Santos, adding that this month contracts would be approved for the refurbishment of the airports of Soyo, Dundo, Saurimo and Luena.

In 2012, the President said, the first phase of the new International Airport, will be concluded, which, when it is completed will have the capacity to handle 15 million passengers per year.

The new airport, which has been under construction since the end of 2008 near the municipality of Viana, come 40 kilometres from Luanda, in an area of 1,324 hectares, will have two double runways capable of receiving the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380.

Eduardo dos Santos also said that the port of Lobito and all the railways that are being rebuilt would be finished within two years, and they would help to overcome some of the weaknesses in the sector and allow for the integration of the transport system. (macauhub)