the new future starts here
deepwater port • special economic zone
Just off the coast of Suriname’s most western city, Nickerie, major reserves of Oil & Gas have been discovered.
This creates new perspectives. For Suriname’s economy as well as her people.
With technical advisement from the Port of Rotterdam, N.V. Havenbeheer Suriname and the Phoenix Development Company are developing one of the greenest ports in the world.
The current nature and biodiversity, including in Bigi Pan, requires an ecologically responsible approach, especially now that the coast has become more vulnerable due to the rise in sea level.
The Port of Nickerie offers a better perspective for our customers, the economic future of Suriname, the Surinamese population and the strategic location of Suriname in the region.
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THE PORT OF NICKERIE:
FROM PERSPECTIVE TO NEW FUTURE
The Port of Nickerie
A port for offshore support, agricultural export, container ships and more.
An offshore terminal where natural gas, which would otherwise be flared, can be processed into LNG gas for export.
SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE
A special economic zone for sustainable development of trade, agriculture, manufacturing, green energy, and tourism industries.
A buffer zone between the port and the protected nature which has been designated for (eco)-tourism.
Educational programs to train qualified personnel and increase the quality of our education.
WHY THE PORT OF NICKERIE?
For Suriname to truly benefit from the oil and gas resources, it must ready itself. Through the development of modern industrial facilities, a foundational piece of infrastructure is transformed into a flywheel that accelerates the economic
development, and elevates Suriname’s global position.
The strategic location at the center of the Suriname-Guyana Basin allows for the most efficient servicing of the largest area of the basin, and open the export capacity of the Guyanas and Northern Brazil.
We are in a time of great change all over the world. This new world requires quick decisions, and wide flexibility. Particularly in the cases of energy, the energy transition, and the shift to a sustainable future; the urgency for the valuable role that this port in Suriname can play in the world is mounting.
The Port of Nickerie and Special Economic Zone will enable the Government of Suriname to bring real sustainable prosperity to its population.
“We must have the courage
to give our children more opportunities
and dare to choose a new future,
one where we share the energy of Suriname
with the world.
The new future starts here!”
ON OUR WAY TO
50 YEARS OF SURINAME
We develop the port, we create reserve zones to protect our nature and coastline. And then we attract investors to develop the Special Economic Zone and build up our capacity as a hub.
We are working towards having the first LNG ships depart from Suriname in 2025.
On November 25, 2025 we will celebrate our 50th anniversary as an independent nation. Let’s make sure, we have great reason to party.
2020 - 2021
In Q3 of 2020 Discussions started Government of Suriname and Havenbeheer Suriname
Q2 of 2021 – MOU signed for the development of the project.
Q3 of 2021 – Port of Rotterdam discussions for development of Port of Nickerie.
Q4 of 2021 – Development Agreement signed.
Q2 2022 – FirebirdLNG and Phoenix Purchase Siemens Powerblock for the LNG and Port operations.
Q3 2022 – Port of Rotterdam starts with Masterplan
Q4 2022 – Official sanctioning by the President and the Government of the Republic of Suriname.
Q1 2023 – FirebirdLNG signs first phase for LNG offtake with major EU utility company.
Q2 2023 – Port of Rotterdam finalizes masterplan for first phases of development.