Expansion work at port of Praia, Cabo Verde inaugurated in March

27 February 2014

Work to expand the port of the city of Praia, the capital of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), is due to be officially inaugurated in March, during an official visit by the Portuguese Minister for Agriculture and the Sea to the archipelago.

Portuguese construction consortium Somague/MSF/Etermar carried out the second phase of work to expand and modernise the port of Praia, at a cost of 72 million euros mainly funded by a 200 million-euro line of credit provided by Portugal.

The project covered reconstruction of the existing dock, construction of a protective cover for the container park and building a 234-metre-long breakwater, as well as extending dock number one to around 450 metres.

The work also included dredging of the manoeuvre basin, installation of a navigational support system and construction of the container park.

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.

Expansion of the port of Praia is part of the project to expand several ports in the archipelago, including work in Palmeira (Sal), Porto Novo (Santo Antão), Sal-Rei (Boavista), Porto dos Cavaleiros (Fogo) and Mindelo (São Vicente) including investments of 300 million euros. (macauhub)