The Republic of Congo has impressive existing infrastructure which is subject to considerable inward investment by the government and private sector bodies. Large-scale projects are overseen and directed by the Department des Grands Travaux (Department of Major Works), which has prioritised infrastructure, power and distribution networks.
The improvements include construction of a new container handling quay, improvements and upgrades to existing port handling facilities and storage areas, an extensive dredging programme and extension of the breakwater. The quayside depth will be increased from 12m to 15m and up to 32 hectares will be available for container storage.
The international airport at Pointe-Noire (Antonio Agostinho Neto, PNR), built in 2006 has a new terminal under construction. In 2012, a new airport terminal was developed at Brazzaville (Maya-Maya, BZV) and a second runway is currently under construction. Regional airports have seen significant investment over the past 5 years with new facilities constructed to open the country’s interior.
In 2010, ENI on behalf, and in partnership with the Congolese Government, completed the construction of 300MW, twin turbine, natural gas fired power station. Bouygues Construction rebuilt the 220kV line from Pointe Noire to Brazzaville and a regional electrification programme is underway. Further electricity generation is coming on stream as the RoC develops its extensive hydro-electrical capacity, most recently with construction of the 120MW Imboulou project in 2012.
The N1 four lane highway connected Pointe Noire to Brazzaville will be completed in 2015. The Pointe Noire to Dolisie section already provides tarmacked access across strike.