Peru's private investment promotion agency ProInversion will release the second draft of the Muelle Norte port terminal's concession contract on September 22.
Companies interested in the taking part in the tender will have until October 6 to submit observations regarding the document, the agency said in a memo. The comments will be used to draw up a third draft of the contract.
At least four large international port operators have purchased bidding rules for the terminal, according to local press reports.
The prospective bidders are reportedly Philippine firm ICTSI; the Port of Singapore Authority; China Ocean Investment, which represents Hutchison Port Holdings; and US-based SSA Marine International.
Other firms that reportedly purchased the documents are shipping companies Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), from Switzerland; Dutch-Danish consortium APM Terminals-Maersk and Japan's Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK); as well as Brazil's Andrade Gutierrez Concessoes, Mexico's Compañia de Inversiones and Peruvian firm Iberico.
The project is expected to be awarded in early 2011, and will require an estimated US$549mn investment.
The awardee will be responsible for modernizing the terminal, located at Peru's busiest port, Callao, and operating it with state ports operator Enapu as a partner for up to 30 years, BNamericas reported previously.