Work for the second phase of expansion and modernisation of the port of Praia will be concluded this year, according to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress citing sources from the Ministry for Infrastructure and Sea Economy.
This work, which is expected to cost 72 million euros is being carried out by a consortium of Portuguese companies Somague, Moniz, Serra e Fortunato (MSF) and Etermar, and will begin immediately after conclusion of the first phase.
This phase, which was concluded in September 2012, cost US$42 million and was financed by the Millennium Challenge Account, the United States development programme.
The second phase covers refurbishment of the existing dock, construction of a protective mantle for the container park and a 234 metre-long breakwater, as well extending the number one dock to around 450 metres in order to allow two container ships to manoeuvre at the same time as fuel tankers are moored 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.
When the contract was signed to carry out the project Prime Minister José Maria Neves, noted the “precious partnership” with Portugal which, he said, was helping to modernise ports, airports and roads.
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)