The Navelena Consortium, formed by Odebrecht and Valorcon Colombia, will be responsible for restoration work navigability of the Rio Magdalena - located between the cities of Barrancabermeja and Puerto Salting - in addition to the operation and maintenance of the water route from Puerto Salgar to Barranquilla. It is expected that the project, considered the most important waterway in the country becomes a reality in six and a half years.
During the hearing on the project award, Eleuberto Martorelli, managing director of Odebrecht in Colombia, stressed the importance of the work. "It is a key project for the competitiveness of the country and are committed to transforming the Magdalena River in the most important waterway of Colombia. The navigability of the river means great economic and social benefits for Colombians and it is with great honor that I, along with our partners, we make it a reality. "
Over 256 km of river between Barrancabermeja and Puerto Salting, more than 160 civilians plumbing works will be carried out, keeping the river navigable from Barranquilla to Puerto Salting, totaling 908 km of waterway and adding to cargo capacity of the country 6 million tons when the project is completed.
The $ 2.5 billion that will be invested in the project will attend, in addition to civil works activities such as maintenance dredging, satellite monitoring, project management and expenditures for environmental compensation. The difference in relation to his other projects is that there will be no financial compensation from the state, which will only come with resources when units are delivered in accordance with the conditions agreed in the contract quality and functionality.