The Argentinian government in partnership with private-sector backers is to equip Puerto Ibicuy with a rail terminal. This will involve the relocation of much existing infrastructure and buildings, including grain storage and minerals reception areas. This will also allow the new industrial park covering 100 hectares to be built adjacent to the port. Connecting roads will also be resurfaced and 15 kilometres of railway refurbished.
The private-sector is also to finance a transshipment terminal to accommodate barges and vessels bringing iron ore from Brazil.
This will cost $5.68 million and allow approximately 1.2 million tonnes of iron ore to be handled annually.
Last year, Ibicuy handled almost 100,000 tonnes of grain, mostly rice, in 50kg bags, which doubled the previous year’s traffic in this sector. Vessels size also increased to 30,000 tonnes. BC