The deadline for the submission of proposals for the public tender for the concession on the multipurpose terminal in the Port of Luanda has been extended until 29 May due to the state of emergency imposed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, according to an official announcement said on Thursday.
The Concessions Evaluation Committee, responsible for the tender, also announced that, depending on the evolution of the pandemic, additional extensions to the deadline for submission of tender proposals may be granted.
The aim of the tender, launched on 16 December 2019, with 30 March 2020 as the initial deadline for the submission of proposals, is to develop and improve the efficiency of the Port of Luanda, with the involvement of private operators.
The Porto de Luanda public company said in January this year the international tender had attracted proposals from some of the largest companies in the sector from Angola, China, Dubai, the United States, France, Switzerland and the Phillippines.
The public tender is focused on domestic and foreign companies or associations that have proven experience in the port sector or that meet the requirements stipulated in the programme, the specifications and the legislation in force.
The companies interested in participating in the tender will be required to prove they have paid up capital of no less than US$25 million and average annual turnover in the last three years of no less than the equivalent of US$100 million.
The multipurpose terminal of the Port of Luanda is a port facility for both general cargo and containers, has a 610-metre quay, a depth of 12.5 metres and an area of 181,000 square metres with capacity to handle 2.6 million tonnes of cargo per year.