Port construction in Timor-Leste receives proposals from France and Dubai

29 September 2015

The project for the construction and management of the port of Tibar on the outskirts of Dili, Timor-Leste (East Timor), with an estimated cost of US$400 million, has received proposals from two companies said Joanico Gonçalves, of the Ministry of Public Works.

Gonçalves said that of the four companies that initially expressed interest in the project only two put forward proposals – France’s Bolloré Consortium and the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O), acquired in 2006 by DP World group of Dubai.

A source cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa said that the proposals were opened last week in Dili and that the technical proposals shall be submitted in early October.

Of the group of four pre-qualified applicants the two that did not present proposals were the consortium of Mota Engil Ambiente e Serviços, Mota Engil Engenharia e Construção and Belgium’s Besix Group and Philippine International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) of the Philippines.

The project includes construction of the port and its management for 30 years as well as construction of a road between Dili and Tibar, a jetty, facilities on land as well as drainage systems and, when completed, the port will have capacity to process 1 million tons of cargo per year and receive both commercial and passenger vessels. (macauhub/TL)