The port of Barra do Dande, in Angola's Bengo province (north of Luanda), will become the main port of entry and exit for goods in the country, President José Eduardo dos Santos said in Luanda on Tuesday. He said that construction of the new port had already been approved.
Barra do Dande , also known as Dande lies approximately 30 miles to the NNE of the port city and capital Luanda, just across the Bengo Province border.
As part of his State of the Nation presentation at the beginning of another legal year, the President noted another important investment underway in the sector, specifically construction of a new quay in Cabinda, which will serve as a base for construction of a deep water port in Caio, the executive project for which is in the final stages of being drawn up.
“The refurbishment of airport facilities continues and the airports of Cabinda, Catumbela, Benguela, Malanje, Ondjiva, Lubango and Huambo have been modernised and Carianga airport, in Ndalatando is ready to be inaugurated,” said Eduardo dos Santos, adding that this month contracts would be approved for the refurbishment of the airports of Soyo, Dundo, Saurimo and Luena.
In 2012, the President said, the first phase of the new International Airport, will be concluded, which when it is completed will have the capacity to handle 15 million passengers per year.
The new airport, which has been under construction since the end of 2008 near the municipality of Viana, some 40 kilometres from Luanda and in an area of 1,324 hectares, will have two double runways capable of receiving the world's largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380.
President dos Santos also said that the port of Lobito and all the railways that are being rebuilt would be finished within two years, and they would help to overcome some of the weaknesses in the sector and allow for the integration of the transport system.
In other Angolan news the port of Lobito handled 2.2 million tonnes of cargo during the 2010 year. This reflected an increase of just over 10 per cent on 2009.