The Ethiopian Water Works Construction Enterprise (EWWCE) is ready to hand over the 254 million birr first phase expansion project of Mojo dry port.
Mojo Dry Port lies on an 8.6 hectares of land located in Mojo town, along the Ethio-Djibouti road, 76 km east of Addis Ababa.
EWWCE will hand over the project to the newly established government enterprise Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Enterprise which is an amalgamation of three government enterprises: Ethiopian Shipping Lines Share Company, Ethiopian Dry Ports Service Enterprise and Ethiopian Maritime and Transit services Enterprise.
According to Kumelachew Abebe, EWWCE’s communications and public relations, the project which started in September 2010 is ahead of schedule by one year. It will have the capacity to hold 5,000 stuffed containers at a time. The first phase expansion project will also have infrastructure like drainage systems, access roads and electricity. The supervisory company for the project is the Construction Design Share Company.
Kumelachew however said the commencement date of the project had been delayed because of design changes.
EWWCE expects to start the second phase of the Modjo dry port expansion project shortly on a 12 hectares plot of land with an expected project period of two years. The price determination and the design works are yet to be completed.
The expansion project is also expected to facilitate the import and export of goods and services and alleviate congestion in Djibouti port as well as accommodate new technology for the functioning of the dry port.
The Enterprise previously had worked on the Semera town dry port project located 592Km north east of Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian Water Works Construction Enterprise is a state owned enterprise functioning for over 60 years executing safe water supply projects throughout the nation.
In recent years it has also been executing large scale and medium sized dam and irrigation projects totaling 150,000 hectares in different regional states of the country. Some of the projects include the Fincha sugar development project, Kesem Kebena dam and irrigation project and Tendaho sugar dam and irrigation project.
An official at the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Enterprise said the completion of the project together with the existing Semera dry port will help them operate properly and fully in handling export and import goods and services.
He also said it will help in meeting government growth targets and need of raw materials for its development projects.