Representatives of the Minas Gerais industrial association (FIEMG) got a close look at Açu Port this Thursday. Their visit to the enterprise took place one month after a meeting in Belo Horizonte between FIEMG officials and executives of Prumo Logística, the developer and operator of the Port. The enterprise was introduced as a way to optimize the logistics of local companies, for shipping their production as well as importing input.
“Açu Port has the potential to be the port solution for Minas Gerais manufacturers. The strategic location and all the infrastructure in the complex will make local products more competitive. We will understand the demands of the State and existing cargo so as to plan this successful partnership,” said Prumo CEO José Magela.
During the visit, FIEMG representatives went to the Multicargo Terminal (T-MULT) and the Oil Terminal (T-OIL), which opened last month.
“Açu Port is the best logistics solution for Minas Gerais. Important sectors of the State’s economy may use the enterprise, particularly steel, ornamental rocks, motor vehicles, ore and pet coke. All who are here develop activities that depend on the port complex. I am certain that we will work together,” said FIEMG Chairman Olavo Machado Junior.
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Located in São João da Barra (Rio de Janeiro State), Açu Port has an area of 90 km², divided into Terminal 1 (T1 – offshore) and Terminal 2 (T2 – onshore), in addition to an area available for the installation of facilities by maritime and industrial companies.
T1 handles iron ore and crude oil, with berths built along 3 km of quayside. Operating since October 2014, the terminal welcomed more than 100 iron-ore ships for Anglo American (which operates in Conceição do Mato Dentro, Minas Gerais State) and handled more than 13 million tons. Prumo and Anglo American each own 50% stakes in a joint venture named Ferroport. T1 encompasses the Oil Terminal (T-OIL), with capacity to handle 1.2 mbpd, which starts cargo commissioning this month.
T2 is composed of the surrounding area of the canal for navigation, with 6.5 km in length, 300 meters in width and up to 14.5 meters in depth. Technip, NOV, InterMoor, Wartsila, Edison Chouest and BP-Prumo already operate their own facilities at the terminal.
Including all investment since 2007, 13 billion reais have already been deployed on the enterprise, with 6.4 billion reais coming from Porto do Açu Operações (Prumo Logística subsidiary) and 3.7 billion reais from Ferroport and Anglo American. The remaining amount was invested on terminals by clients.