,SGTM-Somagec consortium, which comprises Societé Générale des Travaux du Maroc (SGTM) and Somagec construction, has been selected as the sole candidate for final stages of the tender for construction of Dakhla Atlantic Port.
The consortium, which competed against Greek-owned Archirodon Group, French contractor Eiffage and Egypt’s Arab Contractors, will now undergo a technical and financial review before completion of the deal.
Dakhla Atlantic Port is a flagship project within the North African Country’s development plans for its southern provinces and the 2030 National Ports strategy that includes construction of six ports.
The project involves construction of a deep-water port on Dakhla-Oued Eddahab’s Atlantic coast that will feature three components –a -16 m/zh deep commercial port with a capacity of 2.2 million tonne, a port dedicated to coastal and deep-sea fishing with a capacity of handling nearly one million tonne of seafood per year, and a port dedicated to the shipbuilding industry.
An industrial-logistics zone of 1,650 ha will support the port which aims to offer quality industrial and logistical services.
The port is of strategic importance for the North Africa region and Morocco’s southern provinces, including Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, as it will support the region’s economic, social, industrial development through fisheries, agriculture, mining, energy, tourism, etc.
It will serve as the first entry point for international shipping companies targeting the North African region and beyond.