Concession on future port of Tibar in Timor-Leste to be announced in May

21 March 2014

The government of Timor-Leste (East Timor) is scheduled to announce the result of the public tender for construction of the port of Tibar via a public-private partnership (PPP), according to an official statement.

Following presentation of proposals the Timorese government pre-selected Portuguese-Belgian consortium Mota-Engil Ambiente e Serviços, Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construção and Besik Group, UK company Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O), a subsidiary of Dubai group DP World do Dubai, and International Container Terminal Services Inc. of the Philippines and the Bolloré Consortium from France.

The selection commission rejected four proposals. Two of these were from Chinese companies, one from Indonesia and one from Australia as they did not meet technical and/or financial criteria.

The PPP with the Timor-Leste government includes a 30-year concession for construction, operation and maintenance of the port of Tibar, and required investment is expected to be between US$300 million and US$400 million.

According to the tender document the Timor-LEste government wants construction of the port of Tibar to be concluded and for operations to begin in 2016 or 2017. The port’s cargo handling capacity is expected to be 1 million tons per year and it should also be able to receive commercial and passenger ships.

The project also includes construction of a road between the capital city, Dili, and Tibar, about 10 kilometres away, a breakwater, a variety of facilities and drainage systems. (macauhub)