The Government foresees that the rehabilitation of Nacala Port, in Nampula province, will be concluded by the end of this year. The Minister of Transport and Communications, Mateus Magala, revealed that the works are progressing satisfactorily.
The information was provided on Monday, 17 October, during a visit to the port by the Mozambican minister, accompanied by two ministers from the Republic of Malawi.
“We are happy, because everything indicates that by December the works will be completed. As you can see here, we have great infrastructures set up, great equipment that will greatly increase productivity and we will certainly be able to absorb more cargo, both for Mozambique and for countries like Malawi,” Magala congratulated.
Started in July 2018, the works were initially scheduled to end in July 2021. The delay in the completion of the works was mainly due to the implementation of restrictive measures in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.
The port of Nacala is integrated in the Nacala Development Corridor and currently has the capacity to process around 170,000 tons of diverse cargo.
Work to refurbish and modernise the port is estimated to cost US$273.6 million, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Located in the Bengo bay, in the deepest waters of the east coast of Africa with rail links to the interior and outside of Mozambique, the port of Nacala has, amongst other advantages, exceptional conditions of navigability, which allows ships to come and go 24 hours a day.