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The new section covers a surface area of 100,000 m2 which will be used to develop more offshore projects.

The Temporary User Permit Agreement allowing Techint Engineering & Construction Brazil to occupy the Port Area of Antonina was signed on September 17, at an event attended by some 200 people at the port itself in the Brazilian state of Parana.

The signing ceremony was held with a view to presenting the Antonina community with information about the new management of the land which takes up 100,000 m2 of the port. The agreement was signed by the Superintendent of Administration of the Ports of Paranagua and Antonina (APPA), Luiz Henrique Dividino, by the Director of the Antonina Port, Paulo Scalco, and Techint’s Directors in Brazil, Ricardo Ourique and Guilherme Pires de Mello. The ceremony was also attended by congressmen André Zacharow and Mauro Moraes, the mayor of Antonina, Carlos Augusto Machado and the president of the IAP, Luiz Tarcísio Mosato Pinto.

The Port of Antonina was founded towards the end of the 19th century, when the region started on an upwards curve of activity in tandem with the completion of the roads and the rail terminal linking Curitiba to the coastal area of the state. By 1920, it was the fourth busiest sea export city in the country. In 1949, the Federal Government decreed it a public area and ceded the exploitation of the Port of Antonina to the State of Parana. However, the area fell into disuse in 2005 and remained inactive until this latest agreement.

Techint plans to develop engineering, supplies, construction and assembly of offshore units in this area, creating some 1,500 direct jobs in addition to indirect employment in related sectors.