Costa Rica moves ahead with $3.5bn Atlantic coast development

The government of Costa Rica is planning the construction of four ports in Limón province involving total investments of US$3.5bn, website BNP Americas reports.

Puerto Limón has two port terminals, Limón and Moín, which handle the bulk of Costa Rica’s exports and receive cruise ships on the Atlantic side of the country.

The programme of works includes the construction of a $1.7bn marine and cruise ship terminal in Limón, a cargo transshipment zone at Moín, a $715m industrial park and other facilities.

The schemes are all at an early stage, but Atlantic coast port authority Japdeva announced Tuesday that it had drawn up a shortlist of companies to carry out feasibility studies on the marine and cruise terminal and the pier.

Andrea Centeno, president of Japdeva, said in a statement: "This is a group of companies with very high-level profiles that will now be required to move on to a second stage consisting of the presentation of the technical and economic offer to carry out the studies."

However, it added that as there had been too few bids to carry out work on the industrial park, this tender would be relaunched at the end of the month.

The projects are part of a government plan to develop the country’s Caribbean coastal provinces. In May last year, the board of Costa Rica’s planning and economic policy ministry approved several pre-investment studies in the area.

Image: A cruise ship in Limón. Development of the Atlantic coast has been a key aim of President Carlos Alvarado’s administration (Roger/CC BY-SA 2.0)

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