It was reported on February 27 by an industry research company that Mexico's secretary of communications and transportation, Molinar Horcasitas, is now saying that the Punta Colonet mega-port project will shortly issue a new timetable. Business Monitor International (BMI) reports that the project will "go ahead" in September 2010, and that the prime contractors could include, among others: Mexican construction firm ICA; Hong Kong terminal operator Hutchison Port Holdings; Union Pacific and/or MTC.
The Punta Colonet project, about 240km south of San Diego, remains the flagship infrastructure project of the Felipe Calderón administration. The project was originally to cost about MXN50billion (US$3.82billion), with a completion date of 2020 and a capacity of 6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year. With the current global economic slump, Mexico has down-sized their plans somewhat, and announced it will build out the mega-port over a longer period of time. The community of Punta Colonet is projected to grow from its current population of 9,000 to 230,000 by 2040.
BMI estimated a very sharp fall in the Mexican economy in 2009, but says 2010 and subsequent years are now looking more encouraging. After a GDP decline of 7.1% in 2009, BMI has raised their projection for 2010 to +3.2% (was +0.8%), followed by +3.3% in 2011 (was +3.2%). The research company says the macro-economic environment will be more supportive for the freight industry in the five years starting in 2010. Even rosier U.S. West Coast import projections were posted on this blog earlier.
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