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“Rede Sul” fights Porto Sul plan

“Rede Sul,” an organisation opposed to the construction of a port complex in the Brazilian city of Ilhéus (Bahia), has legally queried some of the observations contained within the environmental impact assessment undertaken by the state government.
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The aim is to convince the environmental agency to undertake a second study at a different location for the project, which has a budget of $1.33B.

The initial project for Porto Sul, which dates back to 2007, envisages the creation of a multimodal complex incorporating a rail terminal operated by Ferrovia Oeste-Leste.

The rail link, which is currently under construction at a cost of $3.33B, will connect the states of Figueirópolis and Bahia through the laying of 1500 km of track, transporting mainly iron ore and soya, with additional potential for ethanol, clinker and coal.

“Rede Sul” claims that the environmental study contains “incomplete and inconsistent” information and that only one option for the port was considered, suggesting that it was a political and not a technical choice.

Instead, they would like to see work takes place at Baía de Todos os Santos, in Salvador, where much of the port infrastructure already exists. Should construction go-ahead at the proposed site, it is feared that the erosion would affect 10 km of the northern beach area, where the port would be sited.

“Rede Sul” also argues that the job creation potential of the port claimed by its backers has been wildly exaggerated.

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