ALGIERS- Group Sonatrach and Chinese company China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) signed, on Monday in Algiers, a deal on the study, the furniture and the construction of LNG maritime pier and port infrastructures, on “El Djedid” hydrocarbon port of Skikda.
The document was initialed by Zane Faiz, the central director of Engineering & Project Management (EPM), for the Algerian side and CHEC’s general manager, Yingguang Sun, for the Chinese part, in the presence of Sonatrach group’s CEO , Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour, the new Chinese ambassador to Algeria, Mr. Li Lianhe, Skikda port company CEO, Imad Djalal Tanfour and Skikda Wali, Hadjeri Derdouf.
With a contractual amount of nearly 53 billion AD, the project is composed of four (4) tranches, said, the project leader, Ali Belaid.
The first tranche consists of building a new LNG pier for the loading of large-capacity LNG carriers (220,000 m3) and a new wharf with an associated terminal for loading and unloading of products transported by containers.
With regard to the second tranche of the project, it concerns the conversion of the existing LNG station into a LPG loading station, while the third tranche is intended to consolidate the existing main pier.
With respect to the fourth tranche, it is intended to install a new methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) unloading arm at Station A with associated systems.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Zane said that for the realization of this project, it was planned, among others, the installation of 23,000 tons of steel, 2.6 million tons of rocks and the use of 250 land equipment and 20 marine equipment.
According to him, China attaches particular interest to cooperation with Algeria and aims to further intensify it.
On the other hand, Skikda Wali highlighted the economic and social benefits of this project in terms of creating added value and generating jobs.