An article in Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "The Catalan company TCB is seeking financing from Guatemalans banks and investors to obtain the $120 million needed to build the new container terminal at Puerto Quetzal", said Allan Herberth Marroquin, Controller of the port of Quetzal (EPQ).
Responding to the criticisms raised after the granting of a lease for the land in Puerto Quetzal to the company Barcelona Container Terminal, the official "again justified the unilateral grant of usufruct to the company TCB, saying it is not subject to tender because the Port legislation allows it. "
Marroquin said: "While noting that seven companies were invited to build the new terminal, only TCB accepted non-exclusivity in the mobilization of containers, therefore the decision was made to grant the lease of the land to build the terminal. For this end, he said, TCB is seeking financing from Guatemalan banks and investors to build the work. "
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The union for the Guatemalan port has offered $40 million so that its very own Quetzal Port Company will be the one to build the new container terminal initially awarded to the Spanish company TCB.
The union's general secretary, Lazaro Reyes, said they would be willing to invest in the labor liabilities and deposits in the new terminal in order to ensure that it is the port who will manage the services.
Having dismissed all legal action, the usufruct of land awarded to TCB for the construction of a new container terminal at Puerto Quetzal will be reactivated.
Allan Marroquín, Comptroller of Empresa Portuaria Quetzal (EPQ), indicated that the processes that are pending should not extend beyond the February 2013.
After having signed a contract for leasing the land for 25 years, the Spanish company Terminales de Contenedores de Barcelona will invest $120 million in the project.
After a rumor had spread about a concession for Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, which would have involved an international competitive tender, the controller of the port of Quetzal (EPQ), Allan Marroquin, yesterday informed Prensa Libre that "three week ago a contract was signed under which 35 thousand square meters will be leased to the Spanish company in Terminales de Contenedores de Barcelona (Grupo TCB). "
The Spanish company which is to build and operate the new container terminal at Puerto Quetzal, is seeking $250 million from banks in Guatemala.
As explained by Juan José Suárez, CEO of Container Terminal Quetzal (TCQ), the advisory firm Everis, will be responsible for making the round of contacts with the banks which could finance the construction of a new dock and terminal in the Port of Quetzal (EPQ).