Potash Plan Prompts $98-Million Road Link in Horn of Africa

By Nizar Manek, 13 July 2017

  • Djibouti contracted Kuwaiti company to build route to Ethiopia
  • Landlocked nation begins fertilizer component output in 2018

(Bloomberg) -- Djibouti contracted a Kuwaiti company to build a $98-million road link to enable landlocked Ethiopia to ship its first potash output from a new Red Sea port, officials said.
Kuwait City-based Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al-Kharafi & Sons Co. is constructing the 128-kilometer (79.5-mile) road connecting the harbor to the border, while Ethiopia plans to provide an 11-kilometer stretch on its side, according to Aboubaker Omar Hadi, the chairman of Djibouti's ports authority. The Chinese-built Tadjourah port will serve cargo ships as well as bulk carrier vessels for the start of production next year, Hadi said by phone
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