A Useless Port in the Pacific

Almost nine years after its inauguration, Puerto La Union in El Salvador is still not operating to its full capacity, and two years have now passed without a private company managing to take over its operation.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The explanation seems simple: There is no market for this port in the Pacific.  Puerto La Unión, whose construction ended almost nine years ago, has not succeeded because there is no demand for cargo.  The president of the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) himself, Nelson Vanegas, recognizes it.  "..."The biggest problem is that there is no cargo. You can´t put the horse before the cart. You have to put first horse first, to pull the cart. This is a classic project in which they put the cart first, because there was no cargo'."

Elmundo.sv reports that "...On May 28, 2015, the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) declared the international tender to concession the port to be void, as none of the interested companies submitted bids. The CEPA says it has held talks with these companies, but did not reveal the content of these conversations because they signed a 'confidentiality agreement'."

"... Meanwhile, the terminal is generating an annual cost of $10 million in maintenance, the Commission revealed yesterday, during its accountability report."



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New Attempt to Tender Puerto La Union

August 2018

Authorities at the CEPA in El Salvador announced that in October they plan to publish, once again, the tender to grant the operation of the port terminal in concession.

In September 2017, here at CentralAmericaData we published: "Almost nine years after its inauguration, Puerto La Union in El Salvador is still not operating to its full capacity, and two years have now passed without a private company managing to take over its operation."

Investments Announced in Acajutla Port

March 2017

The Executive Port Commission plans to invest $9 million this year on modernization works at the Salvadoran terminal, and $20 million in the purchase of two RTG gantry cranes.

The head of the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), Nelson Vanegas, announced that $9 million will be allocated towards improving the terminal's infrastructure. 

Puerto La Union: White Elephant Sits Waiting

May 2015

Now May 28th is the "confirmed" date for the submission of bids in the tender for the Central American Port of La Union.

According to the Executive Port Commission (CEPA), resolutions have been given to 63 queries put forward by four companies which have pre-qualified to participate in the tender, and because of this there will be no further changes to the date for receiving bids.

Tender for Airport Projects in El Salvador

September 2014

The Autonomous Executive Port Commission is preparing a tender for the construction of a passenger waiting room and the remodeling of the parking spaces at the international airport in San Salvador.

According to information from the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) of El Salvador, the waiting room will require an investment of about $5 million, and will be on the first floor of the airport terminal and will have capacity for 400 people. The objective of this project is to comply with the segregation of passenger flows recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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