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(SeeNews) - Jul 25, 2011 - The start of operations at Puerto Brisa coal port in Colombia has been delayed to the second half of 2012 as the country's constitutional court called for further discussions with indigenous communities.
The port's president Fernando Sanclamente, quoted by Reuters, told a conference on Friday that the consultations must be held for a total of 90 working days, without specifying further details.
In 2011, the port said it expected to start operations by the end of this year or early in 2012.
Sanclamente stated he is optimistic about the outcome of the consultations. In case there is no consensus, the environment ministry must define the situation, he added.
The 30-million-tonne-per-year port, with a water depth of 66 ft (20 m), will handle ships of up to 180,000 dead-weight tonnes (dwt). In its first phase of expansion, the harbour will be able to have two ships docked at a time.