Construction of the first phase of the deep-water port of Cabinda began on Tuesday with a ceremony attended by the provincial governor and the president of the Caioporto company, Angolan news agency Angop reported.
Caioporto was founded in 2012 in Luanda as a special purpose vehicle and received a concession to finance, plan, design, build and manage the port of Caio under the terms and conditions of the contract drawn up with the Ministry of Transport.
Brian Fuggle, chairman of Caioporto, said this early stage of the work had been awarded to South African company Franki Africa, which, amongst other work, will drill 20 to 60 holes up to 35 metres deep, which will provide critical information for the harbour’s foundations.
Provincial governor Aldina Catembo noted the port would allow more rapid export of oil and gas from the Malongo oil filed, making Cabinda a support hub for the neighbouring republics of Congo Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Construction of the port, in Caio Litoral, is the result of a public-private partnership and will be implemented in three phases, the first consisting in construction of port infrastructure and an area of 100 hectares for cargo services.
Figures provided by the concessionaire responsible for construction and future operation of the port, indicate that this first phase also includes construction of a 775-metre quay. (macauhub/AO)