Maputo, Mozambique — 18 July 2012 – The public tender for selection of the company that will carry out the studies of the economic feasibility of building the Techobanine deep water port, in Mozambique’s Maputo province, is due to be launched in the next few weeks.
Speaking to daily newspaper Notícias, Mozambique transport and communications minister Paulo Zucula said the master plan for the project had recently been completed, and that the proposal was due to be presented soon to the Council of Ministers.
The Macauhub News Agency reports that the port complex is expected to cover an area of 30,000 hectares, and will have an additional area of 11,000 hectares for industrial development, as well as capacity to process 200Mtpa of a variety of cargoes. This will be of particular value to the country’s coal mining industry, which is already predicting production and export of 100Mtpa of coal by 2020, and a great deal more in the following decade.
The Techobanine region is 70km from Maputo and 20km from Ponta do Ouro, a beach area that borders South Africa.
Zucula said that after the economic feasibility studies had been concluded a public tender would be launched to draw up the project’s engineering studies.
The port of Techobanine is a joint project of the governments of Mozambique and Botswana with the involvement of the private sector as well.
Source: Macauhub News Agency. For more information, click here.