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Colombian river dredges channel to prosperity

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dredging along a verdant stretch near Barrancabermeja, an inland oil and coal hub, is part of a $600 million government bid to reclaim the Magdalena river, once Colombia's primary transport route.

By clearing logjams, the aim is to allow big cargo barges to steam up 900 km from the Caribbean coast to Puerto Salgar, close to Bogota.

The project, due to be completed in six years, could spur potential investment by manufacturers and raw material producers.

Source: Reuters