DP World Win Ecuadorian Port Concession


DP World has won a 50-year concession for the development of a greenfield multi-purpose port project at Posorja, Ecuador, which is 65 kilometres from the country’s main business city of Guayaquil, with phase 1 receiving US$500 million of initial investment with a total of $1 billion for the entire project.

The US$500 million initial investment will include the purchase of land, dredging of a new access channel, a 20-kilometre access road and a 400-metre berth equipped to handle containers and other cargo.

Construction is expected to start within the next 6-9 months and take around 24 months to complete, resulting in 750,000 TEU of capacity.

The project will also involve plans to develop a logistics zone to create a regional trading hub. 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. 

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Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “The additional value it will bring to the economy is compelling, increasing competitiveness through the provision of modern container terminal services in central Ecuador.

“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. 

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“We look forward to bringing DP World’s world class productivity-enhancing, security, safety and environmental best practices in container terminal development and operation to Ecuador.”

Roberto Dunn, Executive Director at Consorcio Nobis, said: “We are excited to partner with DP World and Grupo Vilaseca on this landmark project. 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 will complement DP World’s extensive network in South America by creating a new deep-water gateway for Ecuador’s global trade with a range of benefits that include access to a 15-metre draft compared to the current 9.75 metre drafts at the existing Guayaquil ports.

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