Cargill files environmental impact study for new grain terminal in Brazil

Terminal expected to begin operations between 2022 and 2025.

Aiming for greater efficiency in transportation of the grain production in Brazil, Cargill has filed with the Department of Environment and Sustainability (SEMAS) of Pará the reports EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) and RIMA (Report on Environmental Impact) related to the construction of a company’s new port terminal in Baía do Capim, in the city of Abaetetuba (PA).

“Like other exporter companies in Brazil, Cargill considers that Barcarena is a strategic region to transport grains,” said Clythio Backx van Buggenhout, director of Ports for Cargill.

The location, according to van Buggenhout, was chosen due to its characteristics that ensure a safe and effective operation, such as appropriate depth and feasible access for barges, as well as lower exposure to winds and waves that are important factors for the safe operations in the region.

With the positive conclusion for the financial, technical and social-environmental feasibility, the private terminal will have the capacity to handle about six million tons of grains per year and it will be expected to begin operations between 2022 and 2025, depending on the demand and other strategic decisions of the company.

The company expects to employ 150 in the first phase of implementation - expecting to employ 300 people during other phases - through the Program of Labor Selection and Qualification which, as other previous projects, will be mostly hired from local communities.

“For Cargill, Northern region is essential and, in this regard, a port in the region of Barcarena will complete the company’s logistics matrix in Rota Norte. In conjunction with the Santarém terminal, we will have a total capacity to transport 12 million tons of grains per year,” said van Buggenhout, adding that in 2016, the expansion works of the grain export terminal in Santarém (PA) to increase the terminal’s annual capacity from 2 to 5 million tons were concluded.

A large part of this additional volume of grains arrives from this new terminal of transshipment (road/river) by Tapajós River, which was also concluded this year in the city of Itaituba, in the district of Miritituba (PA). The company also has a port terminal in Porto Velho (RO), from which the barges depart to arrive at Santarém and, in the future, at Abaetetuba.

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