Gabon secures US $342m to revamp New Owendo International Port

New Owendo International Port
New Owendo International Port

Gabon has secured a US $342m loan from the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) to revamp the New Owendo International Port. The project which was developed by the Gabon Special Economic Zone Ports (GSEZ) is located 27km South of the Captal City, Libreville.

GSEZ Ports is set to receive US $49m from EAIF over 15 years on a first ranked basis,  in addition to its sole mandated lead arranger role. GSEZ Ports is the first project of EAIF in Gabon.

Additionally, the African Development Bank (AfDB), which headed the structuring of the finance, has also extended US $49m in loan to refinance the project, releasing money for the largest shareholder to reinvest in other infrastructure projects in Africa, some in Gabon.

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The Port’s potential
“GSEZ Ports has benefited from the expertise, experience and skill of EAIF and from the PIDG focus on special enterprise zones. Our state-of-the-art port has been angular and critical for Gabon’s economy during the last two years and this new funding will help us elevate it even further,” he said.
Owendo’s existing port for general cargo had reached maximum capacity. GSEZ Ports’ new infrastructure will support four million tonnes of additional capacity, which means doubling the port’s capability. The new infrastructure will enable the port to manage general bulk and liquid cargoes and container traffic.

A new 500m-long main berth has been constructed to accommodate GSEZ Ports. It is twice as long as the original berth. The total length of the berth along with container quay is 800m and has been dredged to a depth of 14m to accommodate larger ships.

EAIF executive director Emilio Cattaneo mentioned that they are proud to be involved in Gabon’s drive to strengthen its industrial base, build employment and skills and create a more broadly-based economy. “GSEZ Ports is a powerful example of public and private capital working in partnership to create a development that will benefit Gabon for decades to come,” he added.

GSEZ Ports operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Gabon Special Economic Zone. Its shareholders include Olam International (40.5%), Gabonese Caisse des Depots et Consignations (CDC) owned by the Republic of Gabon (38.5%) and Africa Finance Corporation (21%).

 

 

 

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