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Djibouti’s hub links Africa and Middle East

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Djibouti Port is an important link between East Africa and the Arab world. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Djibouti’s hub links Africa and Middle East

Once completed, the Damerjog Djibouti Industrial Zone will transform Djibouti into a new energy transhipment hub between East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula in the Gulf.  

The Damerjog oil complex, which was commissioned in October 2020, is a 3km offshore jetty and engineering platform. Together with the new hydrocarbon storage yard, it will form Djibouti’s soon to be petrochemical complex, the largest project yet to be launched by the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPZFA).

Djibouti is becoming increasingly important as a trading hub and port facility linking East Africa and the Arab world. The country has seen incredible growth in the last ten years and is now regarded as one of the most strategic ports at the crossroads between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula in the Gulf. Both China and America have established a significant military presence in the port of Djibouti.

New port will transform Djibouti     

According to Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti, the new port development will contribute significantly to Djibouti’s economic and social development. “We hope to attract foreign investors and users from all over the world,” Guelleh said in a recent speech. “The new port will transform Djibouti into a new energy transshipment hub in this part of the world, at the crossroads of East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula in the Gulf,” he said. The Damerjog Industrial Zone is expected to start operating in the second quarter of 2023.

The Damerjog oil terminal comprises an offshore jetty, with a handling capacity of over 13 million tonnes, capable of serving multiple storage terminals with a combined capacity of more than 1 million m3.

Construction of the Damerjog Liquid Bulk Port (DLBP) is imminent and includes the construction of the following facilities:

  • 2,500m rockfill breakwater linking the oil storage terminal to the deep-water jetty. On the south side of the breakwater, there is a causeway providing access for equipment serving the jetty as well as a pipe rack supporting nine pipes for the loading and unloading of petroleum products and two pipes for firefighting.
  • 11m wide access bridge linking the breakwater to the oil jetty. The 316.33m long bridge (Djibouti side) comprises two spans, the first which is a 149.95m continuation of the breakwater, forming a 2 x 5.43m angle with the second 155.52m span to reach the jetty.
  • 3km jetty with an 82m X 40m platform, built on 55 piles (1219mm, 19mm thick and 41m long). This jetty will have two berths to accommodate ocean-going and coastal vessels carrying petroleum products. Pier-1 (Djibouti side) will host vessels ranging from 30,000 Deadweight tonnage (DWT) to 100,000 DWT and Pier 2 (Somalia side) from 5,000 DWT to 30,000 DWT.

The jetty, equipped with 11 fenders to absorb the impact of the ships upon berthing, will allow simultaneous loading and unloading of products on each pier.

The products to be traded on the jetty will include Fuel 380, petrol, Gasoil, Jet Fuel and Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG). Annual handling capacity will be 6.5 million tons in phase 1, rising to 13 million tons in the final phase of the project.

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