Luanda, Angola — 19 August 2013 – Africa’s largest crane, with the capacity to load and unload equipment for the oil and gas industry in Angola, has been inaugurated at Porto Amboim, in the Angolan province of Kwanza Sul.
Macauhub News Agency reports that the crane “’ built by metal-mechanics company Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais (Paenal) and costing US$50 million “’ was designed by Ihi (Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries) of Unyo Kikai (Japan), and has been named Jamba, meaning elephant, due to its ability to lift cargo weighing up to 2,500 tonnes.
Paenal managing director César Guerra said that following the inauguration of Jamba, the company was moving into a phase of development and integration of complex modules on oil tankers, drilling rig services and, in the near future, building oil rigs.
He noted that the inauguration of Africa’s largest crane in Angola was the realisation of the vision of Sonangol, in partnership with Netherland’s group SBM, which in 2007 believed that an international standard shipyard could be built in the Porto Amboim region.
“Paenal was established to meet a need to develop manufacturing technology and integration of modules in floating production, storage and offloading units,” he said.
Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais currently employs 1,100 workers, of which 85% are Angolans, in the areas of production, engineering, project management, quality control, human resources, administration and finance, logistics, and hygiene and safety.
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