The Louis Berger Group, Inc. has been retained by EuroChem Corporation of Singapore, with an established manufacturing and commercial presence in Nigeria, as the project management consultant for the design and construction of a new, Greenfield multi-use seaport, 60 kilometers east of Lagos. This new port facility, called Port@Lekki, will cover an area of 90 hectares and form an integral part of the new 220 hectare Lagos Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) being developed as a multi-product industrial and logistics hub for the entire West African region.
The works will consist of preparing final designs, construction, and commissioning of all port facilities inclusive of dredging, marine works, related port infrastructure, cargo handling equipment, power plant, and utilities. In the startup phase, the port will be equipped to handle 1.5 million TEUs (twenty feet equivalent unit) of containerized cargo together with one liquid cargo berth and one berth for dry bulk cargo. The key elements of the project include: 1,500 meter long main breakwater, 6 kilometer long approach channel with 14.5-meter depth, 1,500 meter quay wall, Cargo Handling Equipment (6 STS Cranes, 1 Mobile Harbor Crane, 21 RTG Cranes, 6 Top-picks, 6 Side-picks). These facilities, when constructed, will enable Port@Lekki to handle container vessels up to 4,000 TEUs and liquid bulk vessels up to 45,000 deadweight tons.
LBG's assignment is being carried out in two phases.
Phase I Effort:
- EPC Contractor Selection: LBG will assist the Client in selecting an EPC contractor to finalize the designs, construct, and commission the port facilities. This task includes the prequalification of international contractors, development of bidding documents, managing the bidding process, evaluation of bids, and assisting the client in negotiations with the preferred bidder.
- Port Infrastructure Plan: LBG, via its subcontractor, (BergerABAM) developed the preliminary designs for the land side port infrastructure facilities.
- Preliminary Cost Estimates: LBG developed a set of cost estimates for port and marine infrastructure works.
- Traffic Study: LBG conducted a traffic study for the access roads to the Port Lekki.
Phase II Effort (likely to commence in 2011):
LBG will provide all aspects of contract supervision through all phases of the project, from contractor start-up through final completion. Supervision activities include time and cost control, contractor start-up, performance monitoring and quality assurance/control, monitoring of safety, environment and security requirements, and general contract administration.