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Minerals & Metals1 min read

Puerto Nuevo: Coal handling export terminal

Cienaga, Magdalena, Colombia
Prodeco S.A.
2008 - 2010

The Puerto Nuevo coal terminal is a coal export port located on the Caribbean coast near Ciénaga, Magdalena department, Colombia. The port is owned and operated by Prodeco, Colombia's third largest coal exporter and a division of Glencore International, to export coal from its Colombian mining operations.

Ausenco developed the concept engineering, basic engineering, and detailed engineering for the coal terminal marine facilities.

Ausenco also developed the scope and managed the site specific studies, which covered all geotechnical, navigational, and met-ocean aspects of the project.

The marine facilities were comprised of a 1.3km-long trestle supporting two conveyors and an access roadway, a finger-pier supporting a travelling shiploader and capable of accommodating two Capesize carriers at any one time, a tug mooring facility, and a 9km-long dredged access channel to accommodate the full range of design vessels.

Construction of the US$550 million port began in 2010 and the port was opened in May 2013 operating under the official name Sociedad Portuaria Puerto Nuevo S.A. The port has an annual export capacity of approximately 21 million tonnes, with markets in Europe, the Americas and Asia.