Uruguay's national port authority (ANP) has launched a prequalification tender to shortlist consulting firms interested in carrying out a market study for a dry port project in northeastern Rivera department, ANP reported in a release.
The reference price tag for the study is US$150,000, which will be covered by IDB's fund that provides technical cooperation for initiatives for regional infrastructure integration (FIRII). The funding is in the process of being approved.
The process is open to national and international firms based in IDB member countries, with demonstrated consulting experience in similar projects.
Companies interested in taking part in the process are requested to submit a letter of interest to ANP.
The entity seeks to shortlist six companies which will then be requested to submit technical and financial proposals in February 2009.
ANP expects studies to begin in April 2009 and last for six months.
IDB's support for the project is part of the entity's policies to improve competitiveness in Latin America by promoting connectivity and optimizing cargo transport infrastructure.
The Rivera dry port project consists of the construction of a multimodal terminal connected to a number of ports via highways and rail lines, and equipped with storage areas for bulk and container cargo.
The terminal would be connected to Brazilian ports Santos Cacequi and Porto Alegre; and to Uruguayan ports Fray Bentos, Nueva Palmira, Colonia's Puerto Sauce and Montevideo.
The project, which would also call for improvements to cargo transport logistics at Rivera's international airport, is expected to be financed and operated through a public-private partnership.
The cost of constructing the port has yet to be determined.