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Magdalena River navigation project

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Early Works
Current Stage: Awaiting construction decision
Start: 09/2014
Completion: 03/2017
In Construction
Project Details


The project involves improving the navigability of Colombia's principal waterway, the 1,500km Magdalena river. River channeling and maintenance work will be carried out in the municipalities of Puerto Salgar and Barrancabermeja and in the departments of Antioquia, Boyacá, Cundinamarca, and Santander. It would also entail deepening the river's draft to 7ft. A total of 160 channeling sub-projects along a 265km stretch between Puerto Salgar and Barrancabermeja will be carried out, including more than 4Mm3 of annual sediment dredging between Puerto Salgar and Bocas de Ceniza. Once completed, the Magdalena river will be navigable along 908km, boosting the country's cargo-handling capacity.

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Key Specs

Full Name
Magdalena River navigation project
Project Type
Development Phase
Awaiting construction decision
Project Status
Project Capacity
US$ 850mn

Work is planned for the municipalities of Puerto Salgar in Cundinamarca department, and Barrancabermeja in Santander department, Colombia.

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