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In early October PRPA submitted the request for expressions of interest (RFEOI) for the project. The deadline was 14 November.
The companies that have submitted proposals are the following:
The project involves the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the three available sites located at the Southport Marine Terminal Complex located in the City of Philadelphia, along the Delaware River, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge. The 3 sites located at the Southport Marine Terminal Complex are:
The project area has several accesses. The Southport sites are located on the Delaware River, which contains a federal navigation channel. A newly built four lane road connects the Southport sites to Interstates I-76 and I-95. Norfolk Southern, CSX Transportation, and Conrail maintain rail service are adjacent to the site.
Charles G. Koop, the port authority's chairman, had earlier stated:
"Unlike most other U.S. ports, which face major limitations when seeking additional land to grow, the Port of Philadelphia has hundreds of acres of prime space along the Delaware River to expand our operations. Our hope is that the current Southport initiative will bring about a partnership between PRPA and one or more private firms to fulfill our potential for expansion and economic growth."