By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 10 April 2016:
Proposals to build a deep-water port at Zliten, east of Tripoli, have been given a . . .[restrict]boost with a feasibility study being submitted to the town’s municipality stating that the project would contribute significantly to the local economy.
According to the Libyan news agency LANA, the report backs the project, saying it would have a positive role in training and providing young locals with jobs. This is despite the fact that Zliten is just 50 kilometres west of Misrata and 40 kilometres east of Khoms, two of Libya’s existing best deep-water ports. There are also plans for a new deep-water port west of Tripoli.
The idea of a competing port at Zliten, which will cost several hundred million dinars, first surfaced four years years ago but it was not until July 2013 that the then local council formally petitioned the government to support the project. The transport minister at the time agreed to commission a feasibility study. But it was also announced at the time that if a port was built, it would have to rely on private investment. There would be no government money for it. [/restrict]