Dutch consultants, Royal Haskoning, have been contracted to undertake the final technical and environmental studies for the $1 billion Puerto Eten project in Peru, which will be comprised of a maritime port and surrounding industrial zone.The facility will be built in the country's northern Lambayeque region.

The port itself has an estimated budget of $400 million, but a new highway connection and airport are also mooted. The new facility will serve northern Peru and southern Ecuador, with a focus on mining and agribulk traffic. The studies are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2014, after which the government investment agency,

Proinversión, will issue a tender in respect of the concession that will be made as part of a public-private partnership arrangement.

The national parliament has already been asked to declare the port is being of national interest.