Honduras gets to work on the Dry Canal

Honduras has begun construction of its stage of the "Dry Canal", the Central American inter-ocean highway. The project is backed by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE).

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The 100-kilometer route is to link Goascorán, on the border with El Salvador, with Villa de San Antonio in central Honduras.
The Dry Canal aims to link the Pacific ports of La Unión (El Salvador), Henecán (Honduras) and Corinto (Nicaragua) with the Caribbean ports of Puerto Cortés (Honduras) and Puerto Barrios (Guatemala).

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Inter-Ocean Canal in Mexico

April 2014

The Mexican state oil company PEMEX has announced investments of $1,4 billion in pipeline for natural gas, propane gas and gasoline, and logistics and port facilities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, 200 km from the border with Guatemala.

From a statement issued by PEMEX:

Dreams of Dry Canals

July 2011

Every now and then they reappear. Today its in Colombia, tomorrow in El Salvador, yesterday Honduras, and the day before yesterday in Guatemala. So far, they have only ever been dreams ...

Whether by rail and inter-oceanic road, every so often the ‘corridor projects’ between the Pacific and Atlantic reoccur, attempting to compete with the Panama Canal. Some speak of complementary services, rather than outright competition.

Panama Canal vs Colombia Dry Canal

February 2011

There is never too much facilitation for commerce: we welcome the Chinese-Colombian project to unite by ground the Pacific with the Atlantic.

The Panama Canal Authority understands that and beyond feeling prepared for the competition this project would represent, they indicate that the more developed infrastructure the region has, the more it becomes a logistics hub.

Honduras to Force Expropriation of Lots In Dry Channel

April 2010

Congress passed a bill to expropriate, under public interest, land required to widen the CA-5 North highway.

This project was stalled as landowners and government weren’t unable to agree on how much the first should be paid for the land.

Time is of the essence, as $105 million donated by the Millenium Challenge Account must be spent before September.

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