Work to expand the port of the city of Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, is due to be concluded in May 2013, according to Cape Verdean newspaper Expresso das Ilhas.
Portuguese construction consortium Somague/MSF/Etermar will carry out the second phase of work to expand and modernise the port of Praia, at a cost of 72 million euros or almost two thirds of the total investment in the project and funded by a 200 million-euro line of credit provided by Portugal.
The project for this second phase covers refurbishment and extension of the existing docks, construction of a protective cover for the container park and building a 234-metre-long breakwater. Dredging of the manoeuvre basin, installation of a navigational support system, as well as construction of the container park, are already underway.
Work in Palmeira (Sal), Porto Novo (Santo Antão), Sal-Rei (Boavista) and Porto dos Cavaleiros (Fogo) is also expected to be finished by May, 2013.
The port of Mindelo, on S. Vicente Island will also undergo refurbishment costing 300 million euros.
The port of Praia handles 38 percent of all goods in Cape Verde, followed by the port of São Vicente (34 percent), Palmeira (10 to 12 percent) and remaining ports (Brava, Fogo, Maio, Boavista, São Nicolau and Santo Antão) account for 14 to 16 percent. (macauhub)