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EIB, AfDB support SNIM ore port dredging project

Logistic News - Published on Mon, 16 Jul 2018

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Through this support to the National Industrial and Mining Company (SNIM), the second largest employer in Mauritania, the EIB and AfDB contribute to securing the economy and growth in the Sahel region. The European Investment Bank (EIB), which is the bank of the European Union, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have concluded financing of $59 million and $50 million, respectively, over twelve years, with the National Industrial and Mining Company (SNIM), the leading mining operator in Mauritania.

This funding is intended for SNIM's mineral dredging project to strengthen the capacity of its port facilities in Nouadhibou, the economic capital of Mauritania, located north-west of the Atlantic coast of Mauritania.

This is a major funding for a project with a strong social and economic impact, with the creation of 94 full-time jobs during the construction phase and 230 indirect jobs. The SNIM Foundation will also benefit from this funding for its social activities in Mauritania.

The ore port of Nouadhibou, whose draft does not currently accommodate vessels of more than 150,000 tonnes, is the marine terminal from which SNIM exports its iron ore production, and it is de facto a key place in the Mauritanian economy. Vessels docking at the current terminal account for only 6% of the world's bulk carrier fleet, whose limited availability significantly increases costs.?

The project supported by the EIB and AfDB includes the deepening and widening of the access channel of the SNIM mineral terminal over 25km with a draft to accommodate vessels of 230,000 tonnes. Ultimately, the completion of this work will enable SNIM to increase the efficiency of its transport chain, improve its profitability, competitiveness and resilience on the international market in the face of fluctuations in world iron ore prices.?

Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President of the EIB, adding that "This is a large-scale and strategic financing for the development of the ore port of Nouadhibou. This project to expand the port facilities will have a strong social and economic impact for Mauritanians, with the creation of many jobs. Support for the development of adapted infrastructure efficient and competitive, is at the heart of our action in Africa, and fully in line with the objectives of the Cotonou Agreement and the United Nations Development Goals."

This project, fully in line with two of the African Development Bank's priorities, industrialising Africa and improving the quality of life of Africans, received support from the first African funding institution. This support from the African Bank will make it possible to close with the EIB the financing plan, but also to strengthen the financial resources of the SNIM Foundation for social projects: access to water, energy and health infrastructures.

Mr Abdu Mukhtar, Director of the Department of Industry and Mines of the African Development Bank, said: "Mauritania has great potential to become a major player in the world's mineral production. The works of the channel will enable SNIM to accommodate larger vessels and thus increase its exports to the European and Asian markets. The African Development Bank supports the industrialisation of Africa. The loan in favour of SNIM is part of the efforts of our bank to promote good management of sustainable natural resources, the growth of this African industrial champion that is the SNIM and the development of its infrastructure."

He concluded that "The ore port dredging project is an important project for SNIM. It will make better use of the port facilities through the loading boats 230 000 tonnes", said Mohamed Salem Ould Bechir, Administrator General Manager of SNIM. "This project, which is part of SNIM's strategy of gradually increasing production capacity, also aims to improve the competitiveness of our products by reducing our production costs and increasing the productivity of our products. our facilities. Its impact on costs will therefore be significant, especially since a large part of the additional volumes should be destined for markets where the cost of freight is high."

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Mon, 16 Jul 2018
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