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Honduras interoceanic rail line

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Early Works
Current Stage: Prefeasibility
Start: 07/2013
Completion: 05/2015
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Operation
In operation
Start:12/2030
Project Details

Description

Honduras's interoceanic railway project, which has various elements, is seen as a way to improve the country's logistical infrastructure and increase freight-handling capacity. Among principal elements is the development of two deepwater ports: the first in the Ampala district of Isla del Tigre island, located on Honduras' Pacific coast, and the second in Puerto Castilla, on the Atlantic coast. Ampala bay is around 25m deep and Puerto Castilla's bay 40m, enabling each to receive post-Panamax vessels. Up to 10 railway lines stretching 600km would connect the two ports and pass through the departments of Valle, El Paraíso, Olancho and Colón. The rail lines would be for both freight and passenger services and fiber optic cables would be deployed along the route. An airport, a 2.4km bridge to link Isla de Tigre island to the mainland, an agro-industrial business center, a sports complex, NCRE power generation infrastructure, a refinery and a shipyard are also being considered. The project was originally envisioned by faculty at Honduras's private higher education institution Universidad José Cecilio del Valle (UJCV) and staff from Honduras' public works, transport and housing ministry, Soptravi. In July 2013, Soptravi awarded a contract to carry out pre-feasibility studies to the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), while CHEC is also considered a frontrunner to finance and build the project. According to Honduras' PPP promotion agency, Coalianza, the estimated cost of the project is US$10bn.

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Key Specs

Full Name
Honduras interoceanic rail line
Project Type
Canal, Deepwater port, Rail line
Development Phase
Prefeasibility
Project Status
Active
Project Capacity
 Canal
 Deepwater port
 Rail line
Investment
US$ 10bn
Completion Date
2030
Location

Honduras' interoceanic railway will link the Pacific coast island of Isla del Tigre with the Atlantic coast port Castilla.

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