The new-generation port infrastructure supports Africa's strong economic growth. In Benin, a consortium comprising Sogea-Satom (lead company) and Soletanche Bachy is currently carrying out reinforcement works to prepare operation of the new south wharf in the Port of Cotonou under a €46.1 million contract (with West African Development Bank financing). When completed, these works will increase the port's cargo ship capacity.
The project, which got under way in September of last year, notably involves dredging and beaconing the access channel and inner harbours, dredging and widening the entry channel and extending the west harbour wall by 230 metres.
To date, the preparatory works and additional geotechnical investigations have been completed and rip-rap production and accropode block prefabrication are under way. The next stages of the project will consist in extending the west harbour wall and starting the wharf reinforcement work. These works will be completed in early 2015.