Djibouti: Maritime Renewed Ambition

(HornTrade) – With five new terminals dedicated to oil, gas, salt, livestock and potash, the port of Djibouti will take a new dimension by 2017.

“It’s confirmed,” said Omar Hadi Aboubaker. The president of the Ports Authority and the Djibouti free zone can be satisfied: the government has officially launched the project to build the ore terminal Tadjourah, located across the Gulf of the same name, opposite the capital. The Port Authority must specify the company supervisor before the end of the month, the first sod is expected in early June.

With this project estimated at more than 53 million and funded by the Saudi Development Fund and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the main port in the Horn of Africa regains its forward march, started in 2005 . After creating a new oil terminal, a free zone and port container terminal Doraleh, Djibouti has gnawed at the bit between 2008 and 2009 due to global economic crisis, before they can out of cardboard his many projects. “These are customers who come to canvass,” says Omar Hadi Aboubaker, as if to justify the € 3.4 billion investment planned within five years.

New activities

Five new terminals must be created by 2017, all related to the arrival of new activities. That of Tadjourah, equipped with a linear 500-m long with two berths, must be approved in 2014. It will export about 4 million tons per year of potash from the Ethiopian Afar. “Mining companies are in action, and a second phase is already planned to export the double three years later,” says the president of the ports.



Also planned to start before the summer, the work of the port must Goubet to expire end of 2013, to allow export of 4.5 million tonnes per year of salt extracted from Lake Assal. Directorate China and Japan, including importers will support the 42 million required for its completion. Always for the Chinese market, the gas terminal Koubado be delivered in less than three years to almost 2 billion euros, pipeline and LNG plant included. It is expected to export 10 million cubic meters of gas per year Ethiopian.

The project Damerjog Wharf, near the Gulf of Aden, scheduled for export each year over 5 million head of cattle from Ethiopia and Somalia to the Gulf and North Africa, is well advanced. While the oil terminal for receiving the output from Southern Sudan must deal with competition from Port Sudan (Sudan) and Mombasa (Kenya).

Jump in exports

The arrival, more or less acquired, these facilities will bounce from 700 000 to 15 million tonnes of exports Djibouti ports in five years. Meanwhile, Djibouti intends to strengthen its positions in the container transhipment business, which he is already an African champion since opening in 2009 Doraleh. Nearly two-thirds of 703,617 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs, about 38.5 m3) handled in 2011 on deep-sea terminal have done what pass before being redistributed to the ports of the Red Sea or Indian Ocean to Durban (South Africa).

Under the baton of the Emirati DP World terminal activity is steadily increasing and should allow Djibouti to this year’s entry into the exclusive club of African ports over a million cans per year (see graphic). “We have only to welcome the arrival of DP World. Such an operator gives confidence to the market, “says Omar Hadi Aboubaker. With the extension of already programmed Doraleh (to increase capacity to 3 million TEUs per year), Djibouti, including port activities already weighs 65% of GDP, is likely to become the “hub inevitable between Europe and Asia “.

Source: Jeune Afrique

With five new terminals dedicated to oil, gas, salt, livestock and potash, the port of Djibouti will take a new dimension by 2017.

“It’s confirmed,” said Omar Hadi Aboubaker. The president of the Ports Authority and the Djibouti free zone can be satisfied: the government has officially launched the project to build the ore terminal Tadjourah, located across the Gulf of the same name, opposite the capital. The Port Authority must specify the company supervisor before the end of the month, the first sod is expected in early June.

With this project estimated at more than 53 million and funded by the Saudi Development Fund and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the main port in the Horn of Africa regains its forward march, started in 2005 . After creating a new oil terminal, a free zone and port container terminal Doraleh, Djibouti has gnawed at the bit between 2008 and 2009 due to global economic crisis, before they can out of cardboard his many projects. “These are customers who come to canvass,” says Omar Hadi Aboubaker, as if to justify the € 3.4 billion investment planned within five years.

New activities

Five new terminals must be created by 2017, all related to the arrival of new activities. That of Tadjourah, equipped with a linear 500-m long with two berths, must be approved in 2014. It will export about 4 million tons per year of potash from the Ethiopian Afar. “Mining companies are in action, and a second phase is already planned to export the double three years later,” says the president of the ports.

Also planned to start before the summer, the work of the port must Goubet to expire end of 2013, to allow export of 4.5 million tonnes per year of salt extracted from Lake Assal. Directorate China and Japan, including importers will support the 42 million required for its completion. Always for the Chinese market, the gas terminal Koubado be delivered in less than three years to almost 2 billion euros, pipeline and LNG plant included. It is expected to export 10 million cubic meters of gas per year Ethiopian.

The project Damerjog Wharf, near the Gulf of Aden, scheduled for export each year over 5 million head of cattle from Ethiopia and Somalia to the Gulf and North Africa, is well advanced. While the oil terminal for receiving the output from Southern Sudan must deal with competition from Port Sudan (Sudan) and Mombasa (Kenya).

Jump in exports

The arrival, more or less acquired, these facilities will bounce from 700 000 to 15 million tonnes of exports Djibouti ports in five years. Meanwhile, Djibouti intends to strengthen its positions in the container transhipment business, which he is already an African champion since opening in 2009 Doraleh. Nearly two-thirds of 703,617 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs, about 38.5 m3) handled in 2011 on deep-sea terminal have done what pass before being redistributed to the ports of the Red Sea or Indian Ocean to Durban (South Africa).

Under the baton of the Emirati DP World terminal activity is steadily increasing and should allow Djibouti to this year’s entry into the exclusive club of African ports over a million cans per year (see graphic). “We have only to welcome the arrival of DP World. Such an operator gives confidence to the market, “says Omar Hadi Aboubaker. With the extension of already programmed Doraleh (to increase capacity to 3 million TEUs per year), Djibouti, including port activities already weighs 65% of GDP, is likely to become the “hub inevitable between Europe and Asia “whose dream boss ports.

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