Three New Ports In The Country.

In Córdoba, Antioquia and Buenaventura modern marine terminals will be built.

The maritime port infrastructure will be expanded with three new handsets that national infrastructure agency (ANI) expects concession this year.

In the final steps, for future contracts are Graneles Gulf ports to be built in the Gulf of Morrosquillo, facing San Antero (Cordoba); Puerto Bahia, known as Puerto Antioquia, who arises in the Gulf of Urabá in Turbo; and Puerto Solo, in the bay of Buenaventura, announced the president of the ANI, Luis Fernando Andrade.

These ports were added to the 56 franchised by the Agency. These, between January and September 2015, moved 149,673,000 tons of cargo, up 7.9 percent compared to the same period of 2014, when 138,735,000 were counted, according to the Superintendency of Ports and Transport.

The port companies proponents of the three new ports will invest more than 1.5 billion pesos in the construction of modern facilities, high technologies and equipment (such as cranes) high capacity which proposed move 10.5 million tonnes of cargo.

The port infrastructure is modernizing rapidly, to be competitive with other Latin American ports.

Investments in port infrastructure marked a milestone: 2.200 billion (over 7.2 billion pesos), according to reports ANI.

The three marine terminals that initiate works in this 2016 have been announced for more than five years. But even when they have the approval of the ANI, there have been delays in the signing of these concessions, not having the updated environmental license.

Except Graneles Gulf, which already has such license and ANI awarded the concession last December, the other two projects (Puerto Bahia or Antioquia and Puerto Only) lack the new environmental permit required for ANI grant them the concession final.

It is clear that these last two port projects had an environmental license processed, but they need to obtain a new or modified.

This following the business group that acquired the port company that drives the two aforementioned projects maritime terminals made modifications to the designs of ports and expanded areas of operation. These are changes that require the processing of a new license, officials said.

The business group Ports Investments and Works (Pio SAS), which has entered manage the development of Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Bahia Colombia Uraba and owns the two projects already submitted the relevant applications to amend the licenses. Is expected before the end of the first half these can be issued, they said the authorities consulted.

New projects: The port will start first to do the works will Graneles Gulf, part of the Port Society Graneles Gulf S.A., which notified this week of the 20-year concession granted by the ANI.

The planned investments in the construction and equipping of the terminal amounted to 22.6 million dollars (about 72,000 million pesos), only in the areas of public service. The works will last two years.

It will occupy an area of 6,050 square meters in the sea (infrastructure over the mirror of water) and 1,342 square meters on the ground.

It will be a multipurpose port, which initially mobilized 960,000 tons of cargo and gradually increase to reach maximum 1’480.000 tons of solid bulk cargo such as grain, cereals, concentrated copper minerals other than coal, steel and clinker, an input for making annual cement) .

This terminal enters diversify the maritime operation in the Gulf of Morrosquillo, where four ports that concentrate their operations with the movement of hydrocarbons such as oil work.

This port company as consideration for the concession will turn to the Nation 10,500 million pesos.

The terminal in Urabá: The Peeps business group proposed to the ANI move by port Antioquia 4.9 million tons of cargo annually. Now it indicates that would be 7.5 million tons per year.

This will be a terminal that seeks to mobilize monopropósito containers, bulk, general cargo and vehicles. But there is also interest to move this terminal bananas, which is what most produce (90 percent) and exports this region.

Infrastructure is planning to build in three years, in two phases, with investments (for the first stage) will amount to 400 million dollars (about 1.2 billion pesos) in public and private lands.

This new port will be large, because works such as the construction of a 4.2 km viaduct connecting the dock at sea with land port project.

The viaduct double track for trucks carrying containers to the pier at sea will have depths of 14 meters, so they can dock large ships transiting the Panama Canal. Even, it is expected that this port will pass the megaships to arrive at the new locks of the Panama canal.

For the construction of this port, five consortiums have submitted bids.

Puerto Antioquia is the importance of this region will give greater mobility to the port cargo and will be a new alternative for outputting the transport of products from the south and center of the country, according to promoters of this project.

The resort south: The proposed Buenaventura Bay (Port only) terminal it will also manage the business group and Pio will be built on land adjacent to the port of the Terminal Container Port Society of Buenaventura S.A. TCBuen (TCBuen).

Port is only raised as a port complex.

On one hand, it will be a multipurpose terminal, which move containers and general cargo (1,600,000 tons of cargo).

On the other, in the land will build four terminals, one for liquid hydrocarbons such as oil, gasoline, ethanol and bunker, the latter to supply 1,600 ships arrive each year at Buenaventura; another, for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), used to export surpluses; a third terminal will be for liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is then used in a power plant to generate energy, given the shortages of this service is in the south. And there will be a fourth terminal for power generation (thermal power plant with gas), according to the company on its website.

The structure was raised to occupy 150 hectares. However, for modifications made to the project design, the final extension will be known as authorized by the new environmental license is processed.

Investments in this port amounted to 83 million dollars (about 250,000 million pesos), only in public areas, excluding costs such as new thermal gas.

The development of port infrastructure does not stop here, with the three terminals that works rip off this year. In the ANI are in row 15 other grant requests which would not come out this year for terminals in different parts of the country and whose investments exceed 3 billion pesos.

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