(Business in Cameroon) - The Kribi Industrial/Port complex is definitely one of the major infrastructural projects being implemented in Cameroon.
The Cameroonian Government is eager to kick-off this project because of the country's economic context, marked by the launch of industrial and mining projects (aluminium, bauxite, iron, etc.) which would greatly need a deep-water port for their evacuation. The need to strengthen the capacity to evacuate mining and industrial products called for the design of a port complex architecture with a port comprising various specialized terminals. Its construction will help address the shortcomings of the Douala Port, whose capacity is still limited to vessels of 15 000 tons with a draught of 6 to 7 metres and whose channel should be regularly dredged.
The Kribi port will accommodate huge commercial vessels with a capacity of up to 100 000 tons and a draught of 15 to 16 metres. There are plans to build an ore tanker pier thirty km away from there, in the Lolabé locality. The said pier, through which the iron ore export traffic will transit (35 million tons per annum) will accommodate mineral-transport vessels of 300 000 tons and a draught of 24 metres.
The project also concerns the industrial and tourist areas as well as road and railway, energy and telecommunications infrastructure. These facilities will be deployed on four sites. The State is responsible for the construction of basic infrastructure and the terminals for private investors who will take advantage of the flexible provisions of public-private partnership, to operate these terminals under BOT arrangements.