Brazil and Uruguay considering waterway link project

The undertaking, which would chart a transportation route from Uruguay through to the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, could boost development in Uruguay's northeastern region and revitalize waterway transportation in southern Brazil

waterway Brazil and Uruguay considering waterway link project
Port of Rio Grande. Photo: Ascom Portos RS

During an event last week at the Uruguayan Embassy in Brasília, infrastructure group DTA Engenharia presented a viability study to the Brazilian government concerning the construction — and privatization — of a waterway linking Arroyo San Miguel in Uruguay, to the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.

The so-called “Project Greenfield” would involve a 244-kilometer course of water, which would be Brazil’s first privatized waterway. According to DTA, plans would be made viable if the government granted administration rights to private companies for 25 years, a deal they say could generate BRL 86 million (USD 18.6 million) in new...

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