Costa Rica's national concessions council (CNC) aims to award the tender to build and operate a new US$950mn port complex in eastern Limon province in October, port authority Japdeva spokesperson Israel Oconitrillo told BNamericas.
"The tender should be awarded in 45 working days," Oconitrillo said, "However, the project could be awarded in less time since only one company is participating in the process."
Although some 65 local and international firms bought the bidding rules to participate in the tender, only Dutch company APM Terminals presented an offer, according to Oconitrillo.
"The world economic crisis could have dissuaded certain firms from presenting offers," he said.
APM Terminals had to present a guarantee of US$4mn to participate in the tender. In addition, the company had to demonstrate it had experience building and operating terminals similar to the one to be constructed in Limon, Oconitrillo said.
The new port will be developed 10km from the existing Moin and Limon port terminals and involves a construction area of 1,500m2. It will have the capacity to handle Panamax vessels with cargo of up to 65,000t.
Construction will be carried out in two stages. The first phase involves building sea defenses, the first 900m of the dock and three docking berths. In a second phase, the concessionaire will add 600m to the pier and build two more docking berths. Both phases are scheduled to be operating by 2016.
The new terminal is included in a government port master plan which aims to modernize Costa Rica's port infrastructure over the next 35 years.
APM Terminals is an integrated global terminal network of 50 operating container facilities in 34 countries. In 2009, APM handled 31mn TEUs and registered revenue of US$3.02bn, according to the firm's website.