Odebrecht Engineering & Construction and Petrocity Portos S.A. signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct engineering studies for the construction of Centro Portuário São Mateus (CPSM), a port terminal located in São Mateus, a city in northern Espírito Santo state. With investment of R$2.1 billion, the new multimode port will handle various kinds of cargo and already is considered a regional integration hub that will connect the northern and northwestern regions of Espírito Santo state, as well as southern Bahia state and the eastern and northern regions of Minas Gerais state. The port complex project will receive private investments.

With construction works expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019 and to be completed in the second half of 2021, CPSM is expected to create 2,500 jobs at the peak of its construction. Once operational, the port terminal should employ some 2,000 people. 

Four types of operations will be carried at the new port, on an area of 1.5 million square meters. One terminal will coordinate oil and gas activities; another will be dedicated to the decorative stones industry; the third terminal will manage movements of containers; and the fourth terminal will be focused on movements of wood and pulp.  

Although the port will be geographically located in the country’s Southeast, its area is within the jurisdiction of the Northeast Development Superintendence (Sudene), which will ensure some tax benefits for the project. The technical and economic feasibility study indicates pent-up demand for cargo in the region, such as decorative stones, pulp and wood in southern Bahia, coffee, bulk liquids, ship repair, cars, agriculture and especially containerized loads from southern Bahia and northern and northwestern Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais. “To have the international expertise of Odebrecht Engineering & Construction will be essential for ensuring the execution of this complex, which will support the economies of cities in the interior regions of these three states and ensure their economic integration,” said José Roberto da Silva, director of Petrocity Portos S.A. 

A new architectural concept will be adopted for the CPSM complex, adopting the concrete caissons method and seeking the adoption of sustainable practices in the construction and operational phases. “Our experience and technical expertise will guarantee the construction of one of Brazil’s most beautiful and efficient ports,” said Giorgio Bullaty, contract manager at Odebrecht, who is responsible for the project’s studies and was actively involved in the construction of a container terminal in the Port of Doraleh in Djibouti, a country in Northeast Africa. 

The agreement entered into by the companies establishes that, in exchange for developing the engineering studies, the construction company will have exclusivity in executing works on this project.


Petrocity Portos S.A. arranged for the social and economic studies conducted by a company, whose incubator was the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), to measure the project’s impact on the region. The company has been maintaining a permanent relationship with the main communities and participating in regular meetings on the project.

The port will increase significantly the collection of services tax revenue by the city, which is expected to reach R$220 million in the third year of the port’s operation. Centro Portuário São Mateus will prioritize the hiring of local labor and implement mariculture projects (cultivation of marine organisms in their natural habitat), as well as encourage programs to improve quality of life in the communities.

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