New Algerian cargo port project will cost dlrs 3.3 bln

Facility to be at El Hamdania near Cherchell 100 km from Algiers

05 January, 13:27

    (ANSAmed) - Tunis, January 5 - The Algerian cabinet has approved a project for the construction of a huge new sea port at El Hamdania, near the city of Cherchell, which Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has described as "the biggest infrastructure project since independence" from France.

    The area stretching over some 2000 hectares, less than 100 km from Algiers, the capital, was chosen because of its position as a sheltered natural bay with waters as deep as 20 Metres allowing the biggest container vessels to dock there.

    It also will be the centre of an ambitious industrial development project well connected to the railway network and motorways that will serve as a hub for international trans shipments and as a national gateway for Algeria.

    It will feature 23 docking quays with an overall capacity of some 25.7 million tonnes of general cargo.

    The programme approved by the Algerian government envisages investment of some dlrs 3.3 billion and its completion in two phases through a public-private partnership with foreign firms able to take part in the tender competition.

    Algeria hopes the complex will allow the north African nation to reach a total cargo movement of 35 million tonnes compared to the 10.5 million currently handled by the ports of Algiers and Ténès, officials say.

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