The government is negotiating with Sociedade de Desenvolvimento do Porto de Maputo (MPDC), the infrastructure concessionaire, to establish the terms and conditions for extending the concession contract for a period of 25 years.
In this context, the concessionaire will have to make additional investments totalling two billion dollars in the near future in order to increase its cargo handling capacity.
To this end, the Executive has empowered the Minister of Transport and Communications, Mateus Magala, to negotiate the terms and conditions of the addendum to the concession contract with MPDC.
The information was announced this Tuesday, 14 November, in Maputo, by the spokesman for the Council of Ministers, Filimão Suaze, at the end of the body’s 39th ordinary session, which debated and assessed various proposals on the government’s activities.
With a total berthing area of 1058 metres made up of quays 6, 7, 8 and 9, MPDC has been investing in the acquisition of new equipment in recent years, as well as in work to expand the port area.
For example, the quays, which have been rehabilitated, extended and dredged to a depth of up to 16 metres, are already in full operation and will allow the port to receive and load an increasing number of larger ships, thus increasing its cargo handling capacity.
A few days ago, the port of Maputo set a new handling record by surpassing the mark of 27 million tonnes in 2022 compared to 22 million tonnes the previous year, which is equivalent to an increase of 22.7%.