Nigeria is building what will soon be Africa’s largest port. In Nigeria, Africa will have its port crossroads. The construction of a modern port has just begun. Located in the free zone of Lekki, this famous future port will have a depth of more than 16.5 meters. The project is entrusted to China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), a subsidiary of China Construction and Communication Company (CCCC). The port, which will be built on an area of 90 hectares, will require an investment of $ 1.65 billion.
The Chinese company’s roadmap is the overall design of the port of Lekki, the construction of the marine and terrestrial infrastructure, the terminals, the administrative infrastructure, the dredging of the access channel and the port basin. Contract management and supervision of all port construction work will be handled by Louis Berger.
The port of Kibri will have to handle about 6 million TEUs of containers, as well as a large volume of bulk liquid and solid cargo. As a first step, it will have 3 container stations equipped to handle more than 1.8 million TEUs, one place for dry bulk and 2 positions for liquid freight. Other changes will come with time.
According to the figures, Nigeria alone earns more than a quarter of container traffic in West Africa. But difficulties related to long unloading time, fraudulent customs practices and insufficient port capacity prevent it from asserting itself. The country is preparing to steal the limelight at the ports of West Africa including Lomé, Cotonou and the rest.