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Cameroon – Transport: The Cameroonian State returns to the initial option to build the deep sea port of Limbe at Ngeme, not at Isonge

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Written by Deckson N.

After announcing in August 2013, the relocation of the port construction project in Limbe deep water, from Ngeme to that of Isonge, the State of Cameroon has returned to the initial option, “after examining several assumptions, “says a report just published by the national port Authority (NPA).

At the time, the then Minister of Economy, Emmanuel Djoumessi Nganou, had justified the relocation of this project by the narrowness of the site at Ngeme and especially the high spending on compensation. Indeed, he had specified in a raid on the field, in addition to being larger, the site of Isonge is almost uninhabited, near the site hosting the cement plant construction project Afko Cement, and has a depth of 17m, or 2m more than the site of Ngeme, allowing bigger ships to dock.

All these features of Isonge, which were then presented as so many benefits to the project, so finally swept away, since, according to the revelations of the NPA, it is ultimately at Ngeme that shall emerge the Limbe deep sea port.

We however note that this hesitation on the site to house the project have dramatically slowed the start of work. Remember, in November 1, 2013 that the Cameroonian government signed an MoU with the Cameroonian-Korean consortium called Limbe Port Industrial Development Corporation (LIPID), for the construction of the deep sea port of Limbe, in the South-west region. This infrastructure, which should swallow a whopping 300 billion CFA francs, according to updated estimates, was to be delivered in 2018.

Facing the delay for 2 years in the realization of this project, and to make operational quickly the deep sea port of Limbe, the LIPID “proposed to the Cameroon government to begin building a multifunctional floating pier, capable of accommodating ships of 20,000 tons, with the cost estimated at approximately $ 35 million (17.5 billion CFA francs) “, announced the government at the end of a meeting held January 15, 2015 in Yaounde.

Nine months later, this floating terminal, according to the timetable presented in January 2015 by the LIPID, “could be built and delivered after six months‘ is still awaited.

Like the other components of the port infrastructure, this port “will be specialized in the transport of heavy goods such as hydrocarbons (the only refinery in the country is located in Limbe), cement (cement plant will be built in the town of Limbe) , container and other agricultural products (CDC operates thousands of hectares of banana, palm oil and rubber around Limbe), ” precised the Cameroonian government.

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