Main Topics Years later, the decree be-came law with Article 113 of Law 1450 of 2011 of the 2011-2014 National Development Plan, and all coal exporting companies needed to eliminate loading with barges as of January 1, 2014. At that time, Drummond started the licensing process to be able to make the modi-fications to the Port, and the necessary formalities with the authorities and national agen-cies. Once the government agencies authorized the final conceptual design, based on that we started to work in detail on the design part of the project. 8 www.drummondltd.com “In 2012, we obtained the modification of the environmen-tal license to build the pier and expand the Port, since in addition to the work on the pier, the proj-ect also consisted of expanding the existing facilities or creating new ones to be able to increase our production capacity,” said Juan Ignacio Saavedra, Drum-mond’s construction manager. The cONSTrucTION PrOceSS Once we had the license in 2012, the construction phase began, to which a change in the license was added for dredging the turning basin for ships to “The port had one double and one single rotary car dumper; now we are finishing construction of a quadruple, that is, it will dump four train cars at a time,” Juan Ignacio Saavedra.
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