Annex 2: Next steps on priority projects
Container Terminal Port of Mohammedia
The feasibility study conducted by the Ports’ Agency is yet to be made publically available. The transport sector in Morocco experienced legal and regulatory reforms in 2006, notably a partial liberalistion and the splitting of the former single public entity of the port sector, the Office des Ports (ODEP). The two new entities are:
Societe D’exploitation des Ports (SODEP), the operational entity
Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP), the strategic and regulatory entity
Container traffic growth in the Port of Casablanca, which handles over 90% of current traffic in the country, has experience 20% growth from October 2006 to October 2007, which would support the need for an additional capacity in the Casablanca-Mohammedia area, which are a mere 25 km apart.
The project is a new terminal of an existing port and not a new port in itself. The authorities in Morocco expect the new Tangier Med Port it to divert 25% of the container traffic from the Casablanca-Mohammedia area, a share insufficient to affect the economic and financial viability of this project.
The project is jointly and equally owned by the Governments of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and promoted through a Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the three countries at Permanent Secretary level. At working level there is a separate Project Implementation Committee. The development of the project is being funded by the African Development Bank to the tune of US$4 million.
Following a procurement process initiated in March 2007, it is expected that the next set of consultancy contracts will be awarded in January 2008. These consist of three separate Lots, namely Feasibility and Detailed Engineering (Lot 1), Financing Options (Lot 2) and the smaller Support for the SADC Secretariat which hosts the JSC (Lot 3). The tender attracted a great deal of interest (37 EOIs, 17 bids for Lot 1 and 15 bids for Lot 2). The identity of the winning bidders is still confidential. SADC hopes the work will be completed by December 2008.
JSC are open minded as to the implementation method for the project, including the option of implementing it through traditional Government procurement methods i.e. without involving the private sector. Design and financing options are being developed in parallel and it is unclear when the project will be tendered.
Deep Sea Port of Mayumba
The Government of Gabon has secured financing from the Islamic Development Bank for a feasibility study which is already underway. The study will address all aspects including technical, economic, financial, legal, social and environmental issues. The study is being carried out by Studi for the access road and bridge,