Global agribusiness giant Cargill is planning to build a new port terminal in Baía do Capim, Abaetetuba City, located in Brazil’s Pará state adjacent to Tocantins river.

The group had submitted environmental studies with the state’s Department of Environment and Sustainability and was planning to start operations at the terminal between 2022 and 2025, depending on demand and other strategic decisions, according to a 27 December World Grain report.

“Like other exporter companies in Brazil, we consider Barcarena a strategic region to transport grains,” said Clythio Backx van Buggenhout, director of ports for Cargill.

“For Cargill, the northern region is essential and, in this regard, a port in Barcarena will complete our logistics matrix in Rota Norte.”

Soyabean is Brazil’s top agricultural export product and the country is the second largest producer of the oilseed in the world after the USA. Landlocked Mato Grosso, with Pará to its north, is the country’s largest soya-producing state.

Barcarena port, just downstream of Abaetetuba, is developing as a major trans-shipment point, taking goods from all over Brazil by rail from nearby inland ports for international export.

Buggenhout said Baía do Capim was chosen as a potential port site partly due to its features, such as appropriate depth and feasible access for barges, as well as lower exposure to winds and waves that were important factors for safe operations in the region.

Cargill said it would invest approximately BRL700M (US$212M) in the port project, which would have the capacity to handle some 6M tonnes/year of grains.

“In conjunction with our Santarém terminal, we will have a total capacity to transport 12M tonnes/year of grains” Buggenhout said, adding that in 2016, expansion works at Santarém had finished, increasing the terminal’s annual capacity from 2M to 5M tonnes.