Portuguese minister in Angola promoting sub-concession of Viana de Castelo shipyard

10 July 2013

Portugal’s defence minister begins on Wednesday an official visit to Angola, during which he will promote the sub-concession of Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC) among Angolan investors, a source from the minister’s office said.

The visit runs until Friday and aims to “strengthen bilateral relations” between the two countries in the area of defence, as well as to promote Portuguese defence industries, specifically the sub-concession of land and infrastructures pertaining to ENVC, a shipyard in northern Portugal.

The source told Portuguese news agency Lusa on Tuesday that the minister’s delegation included representatives of Empordef, the Portuguese defence industries’ holding company, which oversees the shipyard, and that the visit was an “opportunity to find a solution enabling a continuation of industrial activity in the Viana do Castelo region.”

At the 27 June Council of Ministers the government approved a decree-law authorising the ENVC administration to “proceed with a sub-concession of its concession area” to promote “the stimulation and viability of the installation of construction and ship repair activities, the manufacture of components for wind energy towers and mechanical equipment”.

The future sub-concession of land and infrastructures will be in force until 2013 and initially be implemented by ENVC, as currently occurs with the German wind sector multinational Enercon, which occupies part of the shipyard’s property. (macauhub)