Foundation stone laid for $1.1bn deepwater port in Senegal

The stone-laying ceremony was held on 3 January (DP World)
Port operator DP World has begun work on a $1.1bn deepwater port at Ndayane in Senegal.

Macky Sall, the president of the West African country, laid the foundation for the 300ha facility on Monday. The ceremony follows a concession agreement signed in December 2020 between the Dubai-based logistics company and the government of Senegal.

The scheme is being developed by DP World Dakar, a joint venture between the Dubai-based logistics company and the Port Authority of Dakar.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Sall said the development of modern port infrastructure was vital for the country’s economic development. He said: “With the Port of Ndayane, Senegal will … reinforce our country’s position as a major trade hub and gateway in West Africa. It will unlock significant economic opportunities for local businesses, create jobs, and increase Senegal’s attractiveness to foreign investors.”

The scheme, which is located 50km south of Dakar, will be developed in two phases. The first will include an 840m quay and a 5km marine channel; the second phase will add 410m of container quay and further dredging.

Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World, said his company would develop and operate a container terminal, and would also finance and design the land and maritime infrastructure.

He said: “As the leading enabler of global trade, we will bring all our expertise, technology and capability to this port project, the completion of which will support Senegal’s development over the next century. We thank President Sall, his government, and the Port Authority for the trust and confidence placed in us.”

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