The Chief Technical Officer of Lekki Seaport, Mr. Steven Heukelon, has disclosed that the over $1.5 billion Lekki seaport project will be completed and delivered before the end of the last quarter of this year.
Mr. Heukelon, who made the disclosure recently during an inspection tour to the site by the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, said the company is committed to delivering the project this year.
He noted that the contractor handling the project, EPC contractor, Chinese Harbouring Engineering LFTZ Enterprise, was working round the clock to ensure that the delivery of the port becomes a reality.
The Chief Technical Officer explained that so far, the dredging and reclamation works had reached 89.93 percent completion and the landslide infrastructure development, 67.82 percent completion, bringing the total work done to 80 percent completion.
“ The dredging and reclamation works had reached 89.93 %, completion, Quay Wall, 85.65 % completion, Breakwater, 79. 66 % completion and landslide infrastructure development, 67.82 % completion. This brings the total work carried out on the project to approximately 80% completion stage”.
Also speaking, the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Laurence Smith said when completed, the seaport would be a world -class distribution and transhipment hub for the West African Region.
He therefore, assured the Minister of the commitment of the construction firm to complete the project and deliver before the end of 2022.
Speaking during the inspection, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, urged the contractor to speed up work to enable the processing of all documents relating to the project before electioneering.
The Minister however commended the construction company for the level of work done, which according to him, indicates that the project would be delivered on scheduled.
“ I want to congratulate you on your very huge success. By the time we came here, there were no civil works, but just pure sand. You have tried.
“ I’m suggesting that if you work day and night, you will go far and complete the work for commissioning. If the President sees it, approval will be easier”.
Findings by The Lekki Times show that the deep seaport will have two container berths of 680-metres, long and 16.5-metres water depth when it is finally completed. It will also have the capacity to berth fifth generation container ships, which have the capacity of 18.000 TEU ship, thus making it the largest and deepest in the West African Region.
It was also gathered recently that, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had signed the $629 million financing of the seaport which will accelerate the timely delivery of the project for use.
We also report that Lekki Free Trade Zone to create over 900,000 jobs