Grupo Argos owns and operates cement production plants and export terminals in Cartagena, Barranquilla, Tolu (Colombia) and La Ceiba (Venezuela), and three ports in the US. In order to meet the increasing cement demand from the US Argos envisages increasing their production capacity, their export terminals and internals logistics. Haskoning was contracted to carry out master plans for all export terminals, conceptual designs of maritime works and equipment and recommendations for improvement of internal logistics.
On completion in 2017 the canal will vastly improve sustainability in the region by providing a constant supply of fresh water for domestic use, agriculture and fisheries. In addition it will enhance natural processes, ecological networks and biodiversity. Speaking about the importance of the project, Carmen Arévalo Correa, Director General of Fondo Adaptación Colombia, said: "This is a very important step towards the restoration of the Canal del Dique System and its surrounding environment. In addition to protecting the people living along the Canal del Dique, the work will safeguard the natural environment and benefit the economy of the Country by boosting trade at its ports."