Mauritania - National Industrial and Mining Company (SNIM)

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Nov 2017
Signature Date 28 Jun 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Non Sovereign
Sector Industry, Minning & Quarrying
DAC Sector Code 32210
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 7,598,957.42
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The present intervention relates to the dredging project of the mineral port channel of the National Industrial and Mining Company (SNIM). It will allow vessels with capacities of up to 250,000 T to access the new loading dock. The project consists of widening and deepening the current access fairway to the Nouadhibou Ore Port. 25-km long, the port comprises several sections: (i) a turning circle enabling vessels to manoeuvre and turn after loading, depth -17.5 m; (ii) an interior fairway in a sheltered site, depth -17.5 to -18.0 m; (iii) the passage from Cap Blanc between Cap Blanc and the Banc du Lévrier (exposed to strong tidal currents), depth -18.0 to - 20 m; (iv) a "Zone 1" exterior fairway poorly protected by sand banks south of Cap Blanc, depth - 18 to -20 m; (v) a "Zone 2" exterior fairway channel that is highly exposed to offshore waves, depth - 20 to -22 m. The project will enable SNIM to improve its competitiveness by increasing its vessel reception capacity while reducing its transport costs. This will result in a significant increase in competitiveness with positive effects on the country's trade balance and its, foreign exchange reserves.

Project Objectives

The project goal consists in the dredging of access channel to Nouadhibou port and optimization of equipment for ore loading at the port.


The project will benefit the population of the city of Nouadhibou, in particular, and all the inhabitants of Mauritania, in general.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-MR-BAA-006
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Daniel Constant M'PENG BAYOI

Geographic Location

Country Mauritania
Coordinates Location Name
20.98901 -17.0446 Presqu’île du Cap Blanc
20.92328 -16.1723 Nouadhibou
20.94188 -17.03842 Nouadhibou
20.9075 -17.04667 Port of Nouadhibou
20.23333 -16.1 Banc d'Arguin