Edo, Chinese company sign MoU to develop seaport

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

As part of moves to make Edo State an industrial hub, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC), for the development of the Gelegele Seaport and other transport infrastructure in the state.

The proposed seaport is expected to serve as the gateway for exporting manufactured goods from the Benin Industrial Park under construction and other manufacturing companies in the region.

The agreement signed in China will see China Harbour Engineering Company, the biggest infrastructure company in china, with a robust portfolio covering the broad infrastructure spectrum, lead the development of the project.

The MoU signing is the result of series of engagements between Governor Obaseki and the Chairman of China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), Lin Yichong, which started last year.

Some of the projects the Chinese company is handling include the construction-dredging/excavation for waterfront development in Yanbu, southwest Saudi Arabia and on the northern shore of the Red Sea as well as the Lagos moles repair project, being executed by the Nigeria Port Authority.

Others are the offshore approach light structure in new Doha International Airport, which includes three terminal bridges and three temporary steel bridges and the Ma’aden infrastructure project port design and construction, owned by the Saudi Arabian Mining Company, amongst others.

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