Brazil greenlights Bahia port complex

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Brazil's environment regulator Ibama, following concerns earlier this month, has approved an installation license to build the two-terminal 3bn-real (US$1.25bn) Porto Sul port complex in Bahia state.

The license calls for 29 social and environmental programs. It also calls for measures to prohibit truck traffic on state highway BA-648 and to facilitate the passage of fishing vessels in the region during the construction period, local paper Valor Econômico reported.

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One terminal will be operated by mining company Bahia Mineração (Bamin) which will use the facility for iron ore coming from the town of Caetité via the Integração Oeste-Leste railway (Fiol).

The other will involve various companies to be selected by the state government and could be used for iron ore, grain or containers, the report said.

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Although most of the local population supports the Ilhéus city complex, it has faced opposition from environmental groups, the paper said, adding that the proposed site had been moved from Ponta da Tulha to Aritaguá – just north of Ilhéus – because of its potential impact on the indigenous community.

With a total price tag of around 5.3bn reais, the port complex is expect to be handling 200Mt of cargo/y by its 25th year of operation. The proposed site is 446km south of state capital Salvador by land and 303km by sea.

BNamericas will host its 5th South America Infrastructure Summit in Colombia on October 22-23.