Tema Port expansion project gets US$120m boost


Meridian Port Services (MPS) has awarded the second largest contract in the ongoing Tema Port Expansion project for land and civil works worth $120 million.

The contract was awarded to a consortium formed by EIFFAGE Génie Civil  which is the fifth largest construction company in Europe and 12th largest in the world.

At a signing ceremony held in Tema, the CEO of MPS, Mohamed Samara, outlined details of the agreement which he said encompasses the complete design, procurement, delivery and construction, testing and commissioning of paving and utilities works including earthworks, fencing, gates, drainage systems, water distribution network, IT and communications ducting and all other ancillary buildings.

He added that EIFFAGE will commence works on January next year, with the whole project expected to last 28 months.

On his part Christian Combes, EIFFAGE’s Director for Africa, assured that his company has satisfactorily demonstrated to the MPS Port Project Team that it had sufficient design and construction experience to successfully deliver the project on time for the first container operations in June 2019.

The French Ambassador, H.E. François Pujolas, who was the special guest at the ceremony, commended the Ghana-Europe relations in the area of commerce.

He reiterated that it was essential for the Ghanaian government to create such an enabling environment for private foreign investors.

Charles Sackey, Head of Engineering for Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), highlighted the cordial relationship between MPS and GPHA and recalled similar works that had been done by MPS on its existing terminal.

By Patrick Paintsil l thebftonline.com l Ghana

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