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The city of Bahía Blanca

 

Bahia Blanca (“white bay”) has a population of 350.000 inhabitants (more than 500.000 within a 100 Km geographical radio) and is located 680 Km SW from Buenos Aires city. Founded on April 11th 1828, it is considered the “great metropolis of the south” and interrelates mainly with the Northern Patagonia region and La Pampa province.

Due to its location on the SW coast of the Buenos Aires province, it turns into an articulated node of nets that allows the entry and exit to the city through different ways: by land, air or sea. Its geographic proximity to the productive centers and to the main networks of energy transport makes the city an important supplier of essential services for local consumption and also for regional industries, especially those comprised in the petrochemical complex in the port zone. In 1969 the city was named a “Pole of Development”.

The autonomous deep waters port recognizes as its main agents the agro industrial export system, conformed by multinational companies as Cargill, Glencore, Platestiba and BB Terminal and the industrial-petrochemical system, conformed by companies such as Dow Argentina (ethylene), Solvay-Indupa (PVC, caustic soda), Profertil (ammonia, urea), Mega (ethane, propane, butane, gasoil) and Petrobras (gasoline).

The university education of the city stands out for its high quality, is recognized both nationally and internationally and has a wide regional impact. The system is composed by two universities: the National Technological University – Bahia Blanca Regional Faculty (UTN-FRBB), and the South National University (UNS). An important range of under-graduate, graduate and postgraduate courses can be taken in both of them.

Bahia Blanca also has several entities that offer a variety of artistic and cultural activities.

Regarding health, social care and environment, the city has modern hospital facilities, an advanced environmental legislation, as well as monitoring, treatment and waste control systems.

This international city opens its doors to the world, with the aim to continue evolving and advancing towards new horizons of sustained progress.

For more information, please see: http://www.bahiablanca.gov.ar/ (in Spanish)