Construction of the Tibar Bay Port to conclude this year

Construction of the Tibar Bay Port to conclude this year

(Photo Tatoli/António Daciparu)

DILI, 18 august 2022 (TATOLI) – The Executive Director of Timor Port SA, Laurent Palayer says the construction of the Tibar Bay Port is expected to finalize this year.

“The construction of the Tibar Bay Port is underway and it is expected to conclude this year. The Government of Timor-Leste will inaugurate the port on november 28, 2022. Because the installation of the Port Equipment is almost completed,” Palayer told TATOLI.

“We are also now working on furnishing the port office building, installing the building water distribution system, setting up internet, installing electric wire, and training, and capacity building on ICT and Finance and Administration,” he said.

Palayer said there will be a trial run for cargo movement at the Tibar Port Bay on 30 august prior to the inauguration: “We have contacted the operators of all cargo ships to unload their stuff at this new port on 15 september.”

More than 200 workers have been recruited to work at the port, including container operators, etc.

“This new port is vital to the national development, especially for the economic and commercial activities in the country. It will enhance Timor-Leste’s maritime connectivity with neighboring countries, including Australia and Indonesia,” he said.

The President of the Republic, Prime Minister, government members, importers, and local communities will be present at the inauguration ceremony of the port.

The foundation stone of the project was launched by the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, on august 30, 2018.

The port is situated roughly 10 kilometers outside of the capital Dili, in Tibar of the Liquica Municipality.

The Tibar Bay Port is part of the priority of infrastructure development of Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan, 2011–2030.

The construction of the Tbar Bay Port was carried out by Timor-Port S.A, Bolloré, and the Government of Timor-Leste.

Of the US$280 for the initial phase of the construction project, around US$130 million was made available by the government of Timor-Leste, and US$150 million was allocated by both Timor-Port S.A, and Bolloré.

Journalist : Arminda Fonseca

Editora : Julia Chatarina/Nelia Borges 

Translation : Filomeno Martins 


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