The second phase of a €100 million (about US$135.3 million) modernization program at Conakry Terminal in Guinea is still on schedule, and when completed, will allow the container terminal to accommodate large cargo ships and expand docking capacity.
Conakry Terminal recently hosted Philippe Labonne, managing director of Bolloré Africa Logistics, the container terminal operator at Port of Conakry, to assess the state of progress on the container terminal extension project.
The first phase of works, which began in 2011 and was conducted in partnership with the firm Vinci, included building a 5 hectare (about 12.4 acre) embankment in the water along with a 2.7 hectare earthen platform. The second phase of works, currently being carried out jointly with crews from China Harbour Engineering Co., is still on schedule, despite a “challenging” rainy season, according to Bolloré Africa Logistics.
The objectives of this construction are to extend the deep water dock out to a total length of more than 600 meters (about 1,968.5 feet) and double the surface area of earthen platforms. These improvements will allow the terminal to expand docking capacity by operating two berths, with extra storage capacity raising the facility total from 8,000 to 15,000 20-foot-equivalent units.
Notably, the Bolloré Group has expressed a desire to accompany Guinea in restoring rail service by building the Conakry-Kagbelen line, as well as investing in logistics activities for oil and petroleum products.
“We’re pursuing our capital investment program in Guinea, along with modernizing the container terminal, which is on track to meet goals related to productivity and competitiveness,” Labonne said in a written statement. “After this initial large scale port investment, Bolloré Africa Logistics’ commitment to developing rail logistics and increasing storage and transport resources for oil products demonstrates the group’s strong desire to become a partner of reference for Guinea, in its effort to accompany the country along the path towards growth.”
Guinea’s railroads were ranked as the third worst in the world in a World Economic Forum list of Nations With the Worst Infrastructure.