Lima, August 26, 2021.- After the protests and counter-protests that affected the development of the San Juan de Marcona port project -which was suspended 9 years ago by the port authority-, ProInversión finally determined that it will be awarded in the third quarter of 2022.
As reported to Gestión by the aforementioned entity, this project would be awarded on that date directly to the company that raised it under the self-financed private initiative (IPA) modality, but if there are other stakeholders, a tender would be opened that is expected to conclude at early 2023.
Until recently, ProInversión had planned to grant the award of that IPA in January of next year, but it was postponed due to the current situation.
For now, the project will require an investment of US$ 520 million (not including VAT) and is expected to be declared of interest in March 2022, so that it can be granted through a concession contract for a period of 30 years.
According to a presentation made by ProInversión, the planned concession includes the design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of a new port terminal for public use, specialized in providing storage and shipping services for iron and copper concentrates, as well as supplies for mining production.
The scope of influence of the port project includes the regions of Ica (where San Juan de Marcona is located), Arequipa and Apurímac.
In addition, the Minister of Energy and Mines, Iván Merino, indicated that the future San Juan de Marcona port would be connected with the construction project of the railway that connects southern mining provinces such as Cusco and Apurímac with the coast and that they expect the work to be completed in 2028.
It is worth remembering that in 2012, the National Port Authority (APN) decided to suspend the San Juan de Marcona port project, months after it was not possible to call a tender as planned, and also since a private initiative had been presented which contained a similar investment project.
However, in all this time, the aforementioned initiative was not developed, until ProInversión received in recent years the commission to be able to promote investment in this self-financed private initiative again.