France’s Eiffage to expand Freetown’s port in Sierra Leone

French group Bolloré Transport & Logistics has picked French construction firm Eiffage to expand its container terminal at Freetown’s port in Sierra Leone.

Eiffage subsidiary Génie Civil leads a consortium on the design-build contract awarded by Freetown Terminal Ltd, a subsidiary of Bolloré.

Eiffage will be backed by RMT, a subsidiary of Clemessy (Eiffage Group) which specialises in electrical engineering and process automation, and Bellsea, a subsidiary of Belgium’s Deme group, specialised in marine and dredging works.

The project, worth about $52.5m (€47m), involves the construction of a new 270-m quay to accommodate vessels with a draft of 13m.

The quay wall consists of a combi-wall system with piles and sheet-piles and a reinforced concrete capping.

The project also involves dredging, land reclamation, road building, and a new power plant.

Works started on 15 August and are expected to be completed within 24 months.

This is the second contract entrusted by Bolloré Transport & Logistics to Eiffage, following the works on quayside storage areas at Lomé’s port, Togo, delivered in June 2016.

Image: Aerial view of Freetown Harbour, Sierra Leone (David Hond/Wikimedia Commons)

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