This year a total of nine port modernization projects will be completed with an investment of US$ 424 million, reported the National Port Authority (NPA), an entity attached to the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC).
It explained that in total there are 11 projects considering the upgrading of their infrastructures and equipment.
The terminals scheduled to begin operations this year are General San Martín (Ica); Monte Azul Multi-Buoy Terminal (Arequipa); Mollendo Petroperú Multi-Buoy Terminal (Arequipa); Matarani Terminal (Arequipa) and the new Enapu–Iquitos Passenger Terminal (Loreto), which are currently under acceptance on the part of the NPA.
In addition, there is the Mina Justa Port Terminal (Ica), which already has an operating license, and the port projects scheduled for completion in 2021, such as the Paita Port Terminal (Piura), with the expansion of its marginal dock to 60 meters more; the implementation of MU2 Dock in the modernization project of the Talara Refinery – Stage 2 (Piura); and the upgrading and rehabilitation of the Ilo-Enapu Port Terminal (Moquegua).
It is also considered that the Liquid Cargo Dock - Dock 7 of the Multipurpose North Terminal of the Port of Callao and the Penta Tanks Multi-Buoy Port Terminal (Piura) were granted port licenses in 2020.
The NPA explained that various port projects resumed their works in May 2020, which followed the provisions set by the Government to help economic recovery.
It also explained that the dock in the Southern Area Container Terminal of the port of Callao may be expanded from 650 to 960 meters, once the NPA and the concessionaire of said terminal signed the corresponding addendum.
With this work, its total area will expand from 27.6 to 30.3 hectares. The commencement of this significant project is estimated for the second quarter of 2021.
The execution of stages 3 and 4 of the Northern Dock is also scheduled, which will be in charge of APM Terminals Callao, as well as the acquisition of the new gantry crane for the Paita Port Terminal, by virtue of the addenda to the concession contracts, which were drafted by the NPA, together with the concessionaires and competent authorities.
The execution of both addenda is scheduled for the second quarter of this year. As for the river ports in the Jungle, there are 15 companies in the sector, which are currently undergoing a port formalization process, according to the NPA report at the end of 2020.