The Nigerian government is set to open a fresh bid for Tin Can 11 Container Terminal, also known as Lilypond Terminal. The previous concession arrangement, which started in 2006, was between the Nigerian Ports Authority and AP Moller Terminals (APMT).
The deal between both parties lasted for ten years and ended in 2016.
The Assistant Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Ibrahim Nasiru, who confirmed the bid, said “the PPP department is working on the modalities for placing adverts for new bids. Whoever is successful in the bid will be given a concession of the terminal. The terminal is originally designated as an agricultural export terminal”.
The Head of Communications of APMT, Mr Austin Fischer confirmed that the terminal concession to APMT expired in 2016. He said his firm intended to bid for the terminal in the new arrangement but will not use the facility as a dry port terminal.
Fischer noted that the terminal will be used as an agricultural hub for its new Cold Chain project aimed at preserving perishable goods coming from the north.
Fischer said the the terminal was originally designated as an overflow facility for containers coming to APMT in Apapa Port. He added that when the firm later increased the capacity of the Apapa Port from 200,000 Twenty Equivalent Units (TEUs) to 1 million TEUs, the firm saw no need to use Lilypond Terminal as an overflow facility because the Apapa Port was big enough for all its containers.
The Lilypond terminal is located opposite the busy Ijora Bridge. It was used in the past to house containers conveyed by rail from the seaport.