Ten firms have purchased the documentation necessary to take part in the tender to modernize Peru's Muelle Norte multi-purpose port terminal in Callao port, according to private investment promotion agency ProInversion's technical issues director, Juan Suito.
Suito's words contradict a statement made by ProInversion's executive director, Jorge Leon, who was reported by local paper Gestion as saying that no companies had expressed interest in the project.
While ten firms purchased the documentation, two of them submitted observations to the first draft of the concession contract, state-owned news agency Andina reported.
The second draft of the contract is expected to be released on September 15 and companies will have until September 29 to submit new observations. If no further modifications are required, the final version will be approved by December 1, after which the prequalification process will begin.
The awardee will be responsible for modernizing the terminal, located at Peru's busiest port, and operating it in partnership with state ports operator Enapu for up to 30 years, BNamericas reported previously.
The US$549mn project consists of improvements to docks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 11.