As Mexican Elections Near, DID Weighs Porto Norte Options

After the Drink It Down (DID) consortium announced that it was creating a new market segment for construction that included canal building, there was a flurry of interest in understanding precisely where their first projects were going to be located.

The suspense in that regard was ended last year after DID unveiled their plans to build an Arizona beachfront canal that would accept containers from a Northern Mexican port. They also revealed that they will be seeking to build a port from the Mediterranean through Egypt and Sudan.

Now, with Mexican national elections approaching, DID issued a statement that said that they hope the eventual winner of the Mexican Presidency will remain committed to extending Mexico’s line of Pacific Ports up to the North end of the Sea of Cortez. “The expansion of Lazaro Cardenas” was a big step towards creating infrastructure that will attract permanent European and Latin American shipping partners. We can fund the construction of a Northern Port in Baja Norte or Sonora that will extend the route that Mexican shipping partners can take. The addition of a Northern terminal for international shipping should continue to diversify Mexico’s economy away from reliance upon oil.”

Specific options under consideration:

According to a spokesperson for DID, transparency is at the heart of the DID effort to get construction started. Their group has floated three different options as part of their canal initiative:

– A port constructed inland in Sonora along the canal route North of the Sea of Cortez.

– A port constructed on a land concession on the Baja side of the sea, several miles from the canal entrance.

– A port constructed on the Sonora side several miles from the canal entrance.

When asked if there was a preference in terms of options, DID’s spokesperson replied that whereas all options have benefits: the Baja location provides Mexico with the best security for incoming and outgoing cargo, the Inland Sonora location can double as a desalination source that puts freshwater back into the aquafier below after it is used locally, and the Sonora sea location would likely be the fastest to construct.

Lead to a better chance of lowering sea levels:

From a big picture point of view, the Arizona canal/Mexican port project is just the start of a series of construction projects that will lower sea levels by putting water back into aquifiers that are located inland. DID’s published statement says that environmentalists should continue to adapt an engineer’s viewpoint when it comes to certain systems on the planet. Instead of a hands off, let nature handle it attitude, they espouse a type of environmentalism that supports intervening to balance natural systems until they return to optimal conditions.