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Published: 14 February 2017      

DP World signs up for Banana

The Democratic Republic of Congo and DP World have signed an MOU to develop a new port at Banana.

Banana is a small river port in the Kongo Central province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at the mouth of the Congo river. Currently the port has one small wharf of less than 100m and a depth of just over 5m, plus additional cargo jetties. The main cargo is oil.

According to African media reports the government of the DRC and DP World signed a memorandum of understanding on 9 February to develop both a deepwater port and a free trade zone at Banana. Construction is scheduled to start in six months, after studies have been completed. 

The DCR has wanted a deep water port at Banana for decades, but previous plans and partnerships have all failed to proceed. The existing port is located on a long narrow sand spit, and civil works for a deepwater port would enormously expensive. Previous estimates have put the cost at US$2 billion and the construction period as long as 10 years. 



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