Dutch dredging giant Royal Boskalis Westminster is to undertake dredging projects in Angola, Gabon and Senegal jointly worth EUR75 million (USD84 million).
Angola LNG has awarded Boskalis a contract to maintain the access channel and turning basins of Soyo LNG port.
“Boskalis executed the initial capital dredging and reclamation works for this port on behalf of Angola LNG from early 2007 until mid-2009,” a Boskalis spokeswoman stated.
“The new project will be executed in a joint venture and involves the removal of approximately 11 million m³ of sand and silt by medium-sized trailing suction hopper dredgers [TSHDs]. Work is set to commence in the third quarter of 2015 and will be completed by the end of 2017.”
In Gabon, for the construction of an iron ore terminal in the port of Libreville, Gabon Special Economic Zone Mineral Port has awarded Boskalis a contract for reclamation works and capital dredging.
“We will reclaim 45 ha of land for the terminal and dredge a berthing area for bulk carriers,” the spokeswoman noted. “This project will see a total volume of 3.2 million m³ of sand and silt dredged – again using medium-sized TSHDs – and will also commence in the third quarter of 2015 with completion expected in the fourth quarter of 2015.”
In Senegal, Boskalis has signed a contract with the Agence Nationale des Affaires Maritimes for maintenance dredging of the Casamance river.
Speaking to IHS Maritime, the spokeswoman said, “The project gets under way next month and we will most likely deploy the 3,000 m³ hopper capacity TSHD Argonaut 1.
“The Casamance river serves as a fairway for vessels destined for the city of Zinguichor, and over a length of 65 km we will remove a total of 1.5 million m3 of sand. We expect to complete the project by the end of 2015.”