INFRASTRUCTURE – LUBA FREEPORT
Luba Freeport is a new deep water port and oilfield service logistics base that is being developed on the west coast of the island of Bioko. Construction work commenced in March 2000 and the port became operational early in 2002. Luba is a JV between GEPetrol and Luba Freeport Ltd.
The Luba development covers 50 hectares adjacent to the town of Luba, situated on the west side of Bioko island approximately 40 km by road from the main town and international airport of Malabo. Bioko island is centrally situated in the Gulf of Guinea and Luba Port occupies a strategic location on the West Africa coast. Approximate distances by sea to other regional centres are 660 km to Lagos, 220 km to Port Harcourt, 160 km to Douala, 210 km to Kribi, Cameroon, 270 km to Bata, Rio Muni (the onshore enclave of Equatorial Guinea) and 390 km to Libreville, Gabon.
The development includes world-class port and dockyard facilities with berthing for ocean-going ships, an oilfield logistics base with warehousing, storage and workshop facilities and fabrication, repair and maintenance yards capable of handling deep water drilling rigs. The Freeport also offers the benefits of an autonomous duty free zone with its own 24 hour customs and immigration regime and fuel storage and bunkering services.
Luba Port has unrestricted marine access at all states of tide. The deep water jetty has sufficient water for vessels of up to 10m draught. The loading dolphin has 12m water depth on its oceanward side. The port has a helicopter landing pad and there is good road access to Malabo (road upgraded in 2000) and other parts of Bioko.