The works began this Tuesday and will last 18 months, informed Francisco Pinzon, general director for Angola at DP World.
According to Angop, the plan will cover the construction of a building with two floors for administration and operations, two access branches in terms of loading and unloading, as well as facilities for customs services, tax police and a modern x-ray.
According to the general director, in addition to the rehabilitation of the operation area and cargo accommodation, equipment will also be installed, such as state-of-the-art scanners, among other modern technical and technological instruments.
The rehabilitation project also includes a fuel supply area with more capacity, as well as three car parks, 588 sockets for refrigerators and a health clinic, writes Angop.
On the occasion, the person in charge – cited by Angop – also considered that officially starting the project symbolizes the implementation of the company's focus on increasing productivity and the capacity of human resources in handling new technological devices.
Regarding the investment made, he said that it will digitalize the operational processes of all those involved, making the terminal more modern and secure, with a reduction of approximately half in terms of the capacity to respond to the processing of goods.
Reaffirming the company's commitment to providing support to operators and entrepreneurs to facilitate the import and export procedure, to increase the flow of goods and stimulate economic diversification, the person in charge gave a brief overview of the operations, which began approximately two years ago. Quoted by Angop, he made it known that there was a development of around 15 percent per year, adding: "When the works are finished, this increase should be set above the current 50 percent of the billing volume".
Who also spoke on the occasion was Ricardo D'Abreu, Minister of Transport, who ended up considering that the multipurpose terminal will contribute to boosting the country's economy, taking advantage of the country's favored location in the Southern region of Africa.
The holder of the Transport portfolio highlighted that, along with agents in the national market, the region and the African continent will also benefit from DP World's operations in the operation of the aforementioned space, writes Angop.
Ricardo D'Abreu considered that the company "is a reliable partner". "DP World is a trusted partner with recognized technical and financial capacity, so that the Port of Luanda is increasingly respected by partners, customers and peers", he said, quoted by Angop.
After winning the competition to manage the terminal (which happened in 2020), the company spared no efforts to make it one of the most efficient in the country, said the minister.
In this sense, in its view, these acts resulted in satisfactory numbers, in which cargo enters and exits more quickly and products reach their destination in due time and suited to the needs of companies and consumers, writes Angop.