Lekki Port LFTZ En­ter­prise con­structs $1.5 bil­lion fa­cil­ity

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - MARITIME - By Su­lai­mon Salau

THE Lekki Port LFTZ En­ter­prise (LPLE), has com­menced ma­jor con­struc­tion works on the Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos State.

The fa­cil­ity, es­ti­mated to gulp about $1.5bil­lion and lo­cated within the Lagos Free Trade Zone (LFTZ), is ex­pected to be one of the most mod­ern ports, sup­port­ing the bur­geon­ing trade across Nige­ria and the en­tire West African re­gion as well as pro­vid­ing the con­nec­tion to global ship­ping net­work.

The Gen­eral Man­ager, Projects, LPLE, Steven Heukelom, who dis­closed this dur­ing an in­spec­tion by the Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, In­fra­struc­ture Con­ces­sion Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (ICRC), noted that the break­wa­ter con­struc­tion is one of the largest com­po­nents of the port con­struc­tion.

Heukelom said upon com­ple­tion, the Port would be one of the deep­est in West Africa, with 16.5-me­ter wa­ter depth, and one of the most mod­ern, ef­fi­cient ports in sub-sa­ha­ran Africa with ca­pac­ity to berth larger ves­sels thereby mak­ing Lagos the trans-ship­ment hub in West Africa.

“We are work­ing tire­lessly in con­junc­tion with China Har­bour En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany (CHEC), to de­liver a port which will be a state-ofthe-art, model deep sea port, not only in Nige­ria but in sub-sa­ha­ran Africa” he said. Com­ment­ing on the tech­ni­cal part­ners for the project, Heukelom ex­plained that CHEC, the en­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion arm of China Con­struc­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­pany (CCCC), is the En­gi­neer­ing, Pro­cure­ment and Con­struc­tion (EPC) con­trac­tor for the Port (through China Har­bour En­gi­neer­ing LFTZ En­ter­prise). Louis Berger Group, U.S.A., one of the largest multi-dis­ci­plinary in­fra­struc­ture con­sult­ing firms in the world, is the Project Man­age­ment Con­sul­tant (PMC) in charge of su­per­vis­ing the con­struc­tion of the port.

“The re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of CHEC in­clude the over­all de­sign of Lekki Port, con­struc­tion of the marine and land­side in­fra­struc­ture for the ter­mi­nals and util­i­ties, and dredg­ing of ac­cess chan­nel and port basin, while Louis Berger is re­spon­si­ble for con­tract man­age­ment, de­sign re­view and su­per­vi­sion of the con­struc­tion work,’’ he said.

The Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, ICRC, Chidi Izuwah, said the visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port project is in com­pli­ance with Sec­tion 20 of the ICRC Act 2005, which em­pow­ers the Com­mis­sion to mon­i­tor com­pli­ance, and en­sure ef­fi­cient ex­e­cu­tion of all na­tion­wide ‘PPP’ projects.

“We are here as part of the Com­mis­sion’s 2017/2018 mon­i­tor­ing pro­gramme, to as­sess the level of progress made in im­ple­ment­ing this project as well as com­pli­ance with terms and con­di­tions of the con­tract agree­ment signed by all par­ties’’ he said.

Izuwah com­mended the man­age­ment of Lekki Port for the progress recorded so far, and for choos­ing such qual­i­fied and cred­i­ble tech­ni­cal part­ners to work with them on the project, while urg­ing the com­pany to en­sure its timely com­ple­tion.

The project is be­ing pro­moted by To­laram Group (Lead Spon­sor), and the Nige­rian Port Au­thor­ity, with Lagos State Govern­ment as eq­uity in­vestors.

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