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Istasa presents sole bid for Guaymas container terminal (Mexico)
Mexican firm Istasa was the only bidder for a 500mn-peso (US$39.8mn) project to build and operate a container terminal at Guaymas port in northern Sonora state, port authority director Jose Luis Castro told BNamericas.


Port authority API Guaymas is now evaluating the company's technical and economic offer, said Castro, adding that a decision is due on October 29.


Seven other companies including local firms Grupo Mexico and Grupo TMM submitted prequalification documents for the terminal; however, Istasa was the only firm shortlisted.


If Istasa is awarded the project, the company is expected to begin construction immediately, according to Castro.


"After the contract is signed, Guaymas will provide a 200m long temporary dock for the firm to begin operating right away," Castro said. "Work should be completed within two years of the project's start date," he added.


The project involves building a container terminal covering 55,387m2 of federal land, including 18,720m2 of waterfront surface, with initial capacity to handle 100,000 containers annually. The tender also includes a contract to equip the facility with two gantry cranes and two freight elevators.

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