Moroccan civil engineering firm SOMAGEC has launched construction works on a new oil jetty for the Damerjog Liquid Bulk Port in Djibouti Damerjog Industrial Park (DDIP), Djibouti.
The oil jetty will be 3 km long and will accommodate vessels from 5,000 to 100,000 DWT and ships from 2,000 to 30,000 DWT, according to media reports. It will serve the new port, being developed by the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authorities (DPFZA), which includes oil storage terminals, a crude oil refinery, an LNG terminal, a ship repair area, and power stations. The Damerjog Liquid Bulk Port will be developed in three construction phases over five years.
In a statement on Twitter, DPFZA says that DDIP will be Djibouti’s first heavy industrial and petrochemical base, and East Africa’s only industrial complex with a road-port-air-railway network. The new liquid bulk port will enable Djibouti to become a leading oil product trading hub for East Africa’s petrochemical sector.
DPFZA chairman Aboubaker Omar Hadi hosted a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Djibouti president Ismail Omar Guelleh, Djibouti prime minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, the speaker of the Djibouti House Mohamed Ali Houmed, Ahmed Abdi Karie Qoorqoor, president of Somalia’s Galmudug state and SOMAGEC president Roger Sahyoun,
DPFZA says on Twitter: ‘This is a major milestone as despite the challenges and disruptions coronavirus has caused globally, we have successfully continued with preparations for the future. DDIP will play a key role in the development of Djibouti and the region.’