Shipyard under construction in Porto Amboim, Angola

3 April 2012

A large shipyard intended to provide support to oil companies operating in the seas off Angola is currently under construction in the Porto Amboim municipal area of Angola’s Kwanza Sul province, according to state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

Called Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais (Paenal) the shipyard began to be built in 2007 by a subsidiary of state group Sonangol, with a 40 percent stake, and its foreign partners are Singapore’s SBW Shipyard, and its South Korean counterpart Daewoo Shipyards, each with a 30 percent stake.

The facility covers an area of 3 hectares and is one of the most modern in Africa. Its equipment includes a crane with a capacity of up to 2,500 tons, which is Africa’s largest, according to the managing director of Paenal.

José Lopes said that the company would mainly focus on building modules for barges operating in a number of blocks in the Angolan sea and metal-mechanics work, buoy construction, naval repairs, construction and assembly of equipment for a variety of uses, especially for the oil industry.

The assistant director of Paenal said that, despite there being other shipyards in Angola, such as Sonamet in Lobito and Petromar in Soyo, the advantage of the Kwanza Sul facility was the size of its dock, which is 500 metres long and 10 metres deep, which allows the shipyard to work on larger ships.

The dock will have a breakwater to protect the ships that are between 300 and 400 metres long and up to 40 metres wide. Work is due to be finished in June.

Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais is also building the Porto Amboim Ocean Terminal (TOPA) for Sonangol Logística, to supply fuel. (macauhub)