Senegal will soon start the construction of a new deep water port. This future platform, which intends to position itself as one of the most efficient in the sub-region, aims to decongest the port of Dakar, which currently drains 95% of the country's trade.
It is finally Dubai Ports World (DPW) which has been chosen for the development of the future deep water port of Ndayane. The agreement between the State of Senegal and the Emirati port operator was signed on Tuesday 22 September in Dakar, in the presence of President Macky Sall.
Located on the Petite-Côte to the south of Dakar, the future multifunctional port of Ndayane, which covers an area of 600 ha, will significantly relieve congestion in the autonomous port of Dakar (PAD) which currently handles 95% of Senegal's trade, but also 80% of hydrocarbons and 65% of Mali's other traffic.
Under the terms of the contract, DP World Dakar SA, the local joint venture between DP World and PAD, will inject USD 837 million for the execution of the first phase of the project. This is the largest private sector investment in the history of Senegal and DP World's largest port project in Africa to date.
This phase includes the development of a 300 ha container terminal, a 5 km shipping channel and the construction of an 840 m quay - 18 m deep - sized to accommodate post-Panamax and 366 m long ships.
The second phase of the project, which will mobilise USD 290 million, will see the construction of a second 410 m quay and additional dredging of the sea channel. Its commissioning will make it possible to handle 400 m long ships.
"This port will be the largest in West Africa and will be able to accommodate the largest ships in the maritime space. It is also going to be twinned with a special economic zone to make it a real pole of attraction that will attract a large number of investors and thus contribute to the creation of thousands of jobs for the country's youth," the presidency of the Republic of Senegal states.
New road and rail links will connect the port to Dakar and to the regional transport network. The PAD estimates that 400 additional jobs will be created when the current port is moved. The construction itself is expected to generate some 3,000 jobs.