There will be known in the next February, 16 the proposals of the engineering companies interested in carry out the studies and surveys in the maritime area of the future South Port, in the region of Ponta da Tulha, by the north of the city of Ilhéus. The Brazilian authorities estimate that phase of studies should have a basic cost of R$310,000 (aprox. US$ 200,000), including embarkations of support, diving equipment and underwater filming.
The South Port, an offshore one, is going to receive the ships to 3 km of the coast and will be connected to the future West/east railroad, that will have 1,527 km of stretch, crossing the State of the Bahia, linking the region of Barreiras, big producer of soy, cotton, corn and sugarcane to the coastline, and will have investments estimated in R$ 7.43 billion until 2014.
Valec, state-owned engineering company responsible by the construction of the railroad, affirms that new route will promote the development of the local economies, leveraging new undertakings in the region, with the perspective of generation of around 30,000 jobs.
The railroad linking Barreiras, Caetité and Ilhéus should foment even more the agricultural development of the region West of the state, whose forecast is of an output of 6.7 millions of tons in 2015. The main products ito be transported are soy, crumb of soy and corn, beyond fertilizers, flammable and iron ore.