Dubai-based port operator DP World has won a 50-year concession for the development of a greenfield multi-purpose port project at Posorja, Ecuador, 65 kilometers from the country’s main business city of Guayaquil.
The USD 500 million initial investment (Phase 1) will include the purchase of land, dredging of a new access channel, a 20 kilometer access road and a 400 metre berth equipped to handle containers and other cargo.
Construction is expected to start within the next six to nine months and take around 24 months to complete, resulting in 750,000 TEU of capacity.
The total investment will be over USD 1 billion for the entire project, DP World estimates.
The project will focus on containers with the capability to handle other types of cargo and will be implemented with DP World’s local partners, Consorcio Nobis and Grupo Vilaseca.
“We are delighted to extend our South American footprint with a major investment in Ecuador. The additional value it will bring to the economy is compelling, increasing competitiveness through the provision of modern container terminal services in central Ecuador,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said.
“Posorja will contribute to our continued growth in the developing markets of South America in the years ahead. This investment builds on our existing network in the region, with terminals in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Suriname.”
Roberto Dunn, Executive Director, Consorcio Nobis, said: “DP World Posorja will offer Ecuadorean importers and exporters a unique deep-water alternative that will dramatically improve the competitiveness of their products in world markets and has the potential to transform the Ecuadorean economy.”
Posorja Port is expected to offer a range of benefits that include:
• Access to a 15m draft compared to the current 9.75 metre drafts at the existing Guayaquil ports
• Additional capacity for the Guayaquil terminals which last year recorded throughput of over 1.75 million TEU close to their existing limits
• Innovative solutions for the world’s largest banana exporting country enabling access to global markets
• Long-term expansion potential with up to about 2,000 metres of berth and over 200 hectares of terminal area