Since its inception, EGA has consistently stated its strategic intent to secure raw materials through upstream investments, specifically for the production of alumina and bauxite, and expansion of its international presence.
Following the amendment protocol, the GAC project scope was ratified by the National Assembly of Guinea in June 2014, defining the two phased implementation as follows:
- The development of a greenfield bauxite mine in Sangaredi, Boké region, Guinea;
- The construction of a multi-user port terminal (the “GAC Port Terminal”) and a commercial quay at Port Kamsar;
- An upgrade to the existing rail system linking the mine and refinery locations with Port Kamsar, to allow for the transportation of the bauxite from the mine and alumina from the refinery to the GAC Port Terminal and importation of alumina production consumables;
- Various harbour and channel works, including an expanded navigation channel and transshipment operation to enable export of bauxite by larger vessels; and
- The construction of supporting infrastructure for the mining, rail, port terminal and marine operations.
- Expansion of the bauxite mine and the existing railway;
- Construction of a 2.0 million tpa alumina refinery (the “GAC Alumina Refinery”); and
- An expansion of the GAC Port Terminal, involving the construction of an additional berth.
GAC construction of terminal port
DEVELOPMENT OF THE KAMSAR CONTAINER TERMINAL (“KCT”)
As part of the requirements for developing the infrastructure necessary for the importation of material and equipment to enable bauxite export, GAC has built a new commercial quay upstream of the existing CBG bauxite jetty in the River Rio Nunez. This quay is referred to as the Kamsar Container Terminal (“KCT”).
Dredging was successfully carried out in 2015 to create two berthing pockets for the KCT as well as an approach channel, which allow vessels with an increased draft to utilize the jetty.
The KCT Phase 3 project widened the jetty by 17.5m and lengthened it by 18m, increasing its working area to 35m wide by 170m long. This increased size, coupled with the dredging, allows vessels up to 10,000 Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) to use the jetty and import the necessary equipment and materials required for the construction and development of the overall project.
By increasing the area of the jetty it will also allow large land based cargo handling equipment to offload vessels and will increase efficiency in that operation. The break bulk and containerized materials and equipment can then be transported to the relevant area of the project, be it for the mine, port, railway or refinery sites.
The KCT is a valuable asset to Kamsar Port and will remain so during the operational phase of the project and well beyond.