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Algerian minister says port development will drive economy

Skikda, Algeria (PortSEurope) January 24, 2019 – The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Abdelghani Zaalane, has said that the development of ports is necessary for the promotion of the national economy.

During a visit to the Port Authority of Skikda (EPS – Entreprise Portuaire de Skikda), the minister said that the development of ports is one of the priorities of the program of President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, adding that commercial ports are a lever for development and contribute significantly to economic growth.

Claiming that the government-wide program of expanding state trading ports is “a huge and expensive program,” the minister said that 11 ports are being expanded, in Oran and Annaba in particular, and the construction of the port of Cherchel (Tipasa).

According to the presentation presented, 90 new hectares will be added to the old port of Skikda (currently 32ha), as part of the extension project whose study will soon be complete.

Also explanations on the project of extension of the oil port of Skikda, whose work which will be launched soon, were entrusted to a Chinese company, was presented to the minister.

The project is of great importance because it will increase the capacity of the port, through the extension of the wharf dedicated to petroleum products with a capacity of 120 000 m³, the completion of another berth for mooring transport vessels, whose load varies between 50,000 to 250,000 tonnes, as well as the realization of a commercial wharf

The oil port of Skikda has benefited since 2012 from another major operation for the rehabilitation of oil posts, carried out by a Spanish company, for a financial envelope of about 4.5 billion dinars, according to the data provided.

The Minister of Public Works and Transport will continue to visit Skikda tomorrow by inspecting several projects under his department.

Source: Algerie Presse Service

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