New Attempt to Tender Puerto La Union

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.

Monday, August 20, 2018

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."

Almost a year later, the Autonomous Port Executive Commission (CEPA) is once again trying to tender the operation of a port that no one seems to need in El Salvador.  See note: "A useless port in the Pacific"

"... 'We expect the tender to start in October, then there will be a period of time to present business plans, development vision. Starting from October, we are talking about four or five months in order to finish the  process to tender the port," said Nelson Vanegas, president of the CEPA, after finishing a meeting to which the diplomatic corps and representatives of multilateral organizations were invited in order to initiate consultations on the new contest."

See also "Puerto La Unión: Nobody wants the white elephant"

Eleconomista.net reports that "...If the deadlines of the new schedule are met, the port of La Unión will be delivered in 2019 to a private operator, according to Vanegas. When asked about the interest of a Chinese firm, the president of CEPA commented: "Here there is no preparation of documents, not for a company nor China nor anywhere in the world. On the contrary, today we have invited all the countries that have a diplomatic representation in our country to participate in this process of concession of the port".

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