Nigeria’s MMCC plans for $2.9bn Escravos Seaport Industrial Complex

WCN Editorial Team 16 Feb 2021 AFRICA BUILDINGS

Nigerian Mercury Maritime Concession Company (MMCC) has announced its plans to construct a $2.9bn port and airport complex in the Niger Delta.

The new project, named Escravos Seaport Industrial Complex (ESIC), will be home for various infrastructure projects.

The 20,000ha complex will include a deepwater port, an international airport, a free trade zone, a crude oil refinery & gas complex, a nature conservation park/golf course as well as residential and retail units.

MMCC chairman Andrews Okoja said that the scheme was being developed in collaboration with Nigeria’s federal government and the Delta State government.

It will be constructed in two phases, where the first phase will be the seaport complex, and the second phase will be a waterway transportation channel into the port’s hinterland through the Niger and Benue rivers.

Okoja also revealed that they have secured a provisional approval for the development of the ESIC project.

For the project, the company has also collaborated with Port of Antwerp, which will be responsible for handling the maritime infrastructure and UK engineer James Cubitt will oversee the work on land.

Port of Antwerp managing director Kristof Watershoot said: “We will start working together with the MMCC team on further developing the Escravos Seaport project together with other partners – and there are a lot of them available.”

Additionally, MMCC is also working together with the Lagos State Government for the development of Snake Island located just off the coast of Lagos into an industrial estate.

The part of the plan still awaiting approval from the governor of Delta State’s executive council.

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Mercury Maritime Concession Company plans for $2.9bn port and airport complex in Niger Delta. (Credit: Markus Distelrath from Pixabay.)

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