Morocco - Nador West Med Port Complex Construction Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Sep 2015
Signature Date 09 Mar 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21040
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 89,432,311.64
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Nador West Med (NWM) Port Complex Construction Project is in line with Morocco’s National Transport Sector and Logistics Development Strategy, particularly the construction, upgrading and modernization of transport infrastructure and services to enhance the logistical competitiveness of the national economy. Its implementation in the maritime and port sector is expected to result in the construction and commissioning of the first phase of the Nador West Med industrial and port platform in 2021. It falls within the activities of the comprehensive program for the development of the Oriental Region, which is located in the north-east of the Kingdom. The port platform, to be located on the Mediterranean coast, is expected to comprise deep-sea port facilities backed on to a commercial, industrial and logistics center in the free zone. The port facilities have been designed for construction in several functional modules in a progressive manner. The project comprises three components, namely: (i) construction of port facilities; (ii) attendant and support social measures for women and youths; and (iii) project management. Its cost is estimated at MAD 10 billion or EUR 914.28 million. It will be implemented from 2014 to 2020.

Project Objectives

The project seeks to: (i) help eliminate regional disparities, particularly by accelerating and strengthening the economic and social development of Oriental Region through enhancement of its attractiveness and creation of wealth and jobs; (ii) strengthen Morocco’s port services in the Western Mediterranean region and take advantage of its geostrategic position on the Strait of Gibraltar to attract part of global shipping activities; and (iii) secure the supply of energy commodities to Morocco by establishing a second pole, particularly by increasing reception and storage capacity in the project area. Therefore, the expected outcomes are: (i) increased port capacity; (ii) improved operational efficiency of the port in Oriental Region; and (iii) improved living environment and socioeconomic conditions in the project impact area.


The direct beneficiaries of the project are the users of the maritime transport as well as the populations living in its zone of influence. The area of direct influence project being the Rural Municipality of Iaazanène (Caidat de Béni Chicar, Circle of Guelaia and Province of Nador).

Participating Organization

Société Nador West Med (SNWM)
African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-DD0-004
Last Update 25 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Mohamed El Abass WADE

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
35.23028 -3.13148 Iaazzanene
35 -3 Nador
35.13333 -3 Cercle de Guelaïa
35.13716 -3.24587 Amejjaou
35.3159 -3.02094 Bni Chiker