Spanish companies to study expansion of Guatemalan port

A Spanish consortium has been chosen to do the feasibility study for an increase in capacity of the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla on Guatemala's Atlantic coast.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The consortium consists of Ingeniería Idom Internacional, Bilbao Plaza Marítima and Grupo Hidtma.
The companies chosen are experts in civil engineering, feasibility studies and port master plans, said Estuardo Vargas, general manager of the Santo Tomás de Castilla port.

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