Gabon Fertiliser Project

Photo credit: Rendel
The first industrial development within the new Mandji Island Free Trade Zone


Rendel was appointed Project Management Consultant (PMC) for the dredging and landfilling of 4.5 million cubic metres of material to create the base platform for the construction of a world class, grass-roots ammonia-urea fertilizer complex at Cap Lopez, 25km from Port-Gentil in the Republic of Gabon.

The reclamation covered 80ha of land created from the sand fill borrowed by dredging in the adjacent bay. The works also included the removal of approximately 500,000 cubic metres of topsoil from the site and dynamic compaction of the landfill material (including environmental monitoring and implementation of significant remediation measures) to create a platform to elevate the current site to 3.5m above sea level.

An important part of the works was to ensure that the dredging did not detrimentally affect the marine environment, in particular cetaceous animals and turtles which visit the sea adjacent to the site at particular times of the year.