Algeria plans to build US$3.3bn sea port

The Algerian Government has approved a project for the construction of a US$3.3 billion sea port project at El-Hamdania, 84 kilometres west of the capital, Algiers.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told the Italian news agency ANSA, that the project is the largest infrastructure development since the country's independence from France. The port which will be developed under a public-private partnership, was chosen due to its position as a sheltered natural bay with waters as deep as 20 metres.

With 23 docking quays planned for the port, it will have an overall capacity of 25.7 million tonnes of general cargo.

Algeria has ambitions to develop the port into a major transhipment hub with strong intermodal connections.

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