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Return of Mexico’s mega-port plan

08 Dec 2010
The Punta Colonet project will link with nearby Ensenada. Photo:G Erickson

The Punta Colonet project will link with nearby Ensenada. Photo:G Erickson

Mexico’s seaborne traffic is booming and this has set the stage for the return to the table of the mega-port project, Punta Colonet.

Secretary of Communications & Transport Juan Francisco Molinar said Punta Colonet will take advantage of trans-Pacific trade, linking US markets with Asian exporters.

The Punta Colonet port project in Baja California state is to be located 130km from Ensenada and 240km from Tijuana. It is envisaged as an investment of at least US$2bn (from both public and private sources), occupying a space of more than five thousand acres with a mid-term capacity of 8m tonnes per year.

Delayed for some time, the project involves large infrastructure works, such as the building of rail lines which can handle containers. However, it now seems that this is the right time to go ahead. Participating in a national port and operator’s meeting Mr Molinar said the country has seen a 30% growth since the 2009 crisis. "I think we're on the right track to put Mexico on the logistics platform," he concluded.

 


Published Monday, December 13, 2010 10:24 AM by Kanoa Biondolillo

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