The Municipality of Porto Alegre has conducted a public consultation of a concession for the installation of digital clocks in the city. The scope of the concession is the production, installation, maintenance and operation of 168 digital electronic clocks in the municipality, which is located in southern Brazil.
Infrastructure/PPP news in Central and South America
The Development Agency of the Federal District of Brazil, which contains the capital city Brasília, has launched the tender for the operation and maintenance of the Brasília Sports Centre, called Arenaplex.
The consortium Rutas del Este SA has secured a US$50 million financing package for "Section Zero" of the project to upgrade National Routes 2 and 7 in Paraguay. Route 2 links Asunción, the capital city, to Coronel Oviedo to the east. Route 7 connects Coronel Oviedo to Ciudad del Este, the second-largest city in the country.
InfraRed has signed a purchase and sale agreement to secure a 50% interest in the Ruta Al Mar concession, a 34-year concession for the design, construction, finance, operations and maintenance of a toll road project in Colombia.
The Bogotá-Villavicencio road concession has reached financial close with a financing package of COP1.6 trillion (US$562.86 million). The project involves the operation and maintenance of the existing 85.6km road linking Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, to Villavicencio, to the south-east, in the department of Meta, and the construction of a 22.6km dual carriageway.
MegaProject 1097: The Secretariat of Urban Development publishes national competition for Light Rail Vehicle PPP Project
The State of Bahia, through the Secretariat of Urban Development (SEDUR), has launched a tender process for the development of the Light Rail Vehicle (VLT) of Salvador through the PPP model.
The Ministry of Transportation of Argentina has published a call for tenders for the design, construction, expansion, improvement, repair, remodeling, operation, maintenance and commercial exploitation of the Network of Highways and Safe Routes PPP Project Stage 1.
The Ministry of Transport and Public Works has announced that the Government of Ecuador will offer 23 road projects to private investors this year, in an effort to expand the terrestrial interconnection network in the country.
The State Department of Metropolitan Transportation (STM) of the government of São Paulo has awarded a 20-year concession concerning two of the city's metro lines to the Via Mobilidade consortium. The consortium comprises CCR (83.4%) and RuasInvest (16.6%).
The Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP) of Uruguay has called for bids for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the stretch of Route 3 that goes from La Radial to the city of San José, in the south of the country.
The government of São Paulo, through the Municipal Housing Department (Secretaria Municipal da Habitação) and the Metropolitan Housing Unit of São Paulo (COHAB-SP - Companhia Metropolitana de Habitação de São Paulo), has launched its first housing public-private partnership project. The project entails the construction of 34,000 houses over a period of six years. It will require an investment of BRL7 billion (US$2.18 billion).
It has been announced that the economic bids submitted in the tender for the Las Palmas Reservoir project in the Valparaíso Region of Chile have been opened. The best offer corresponded to the consortium China Harbor Engineering (Chec) with a investment estimate of CLF263,000 (US$11.5 million) for the construction and CLF97,400 (US$4.3 million) for the operation, which implies a little more than half of the maximum funding offered by the State.
The Ministry of Public Works of Chile has announced the reception of offers for the Ruta Vial Ruta 78 to Ruta 68 project, which concerns the development of a 9km express road corridor between the districts of Pudahuel and Maipú. Only one bid was received, from the Costanera Group.
In the coming weeks, the President of Brazil, Michel Temer, is expected to sign a bill regulating the concessions made during the administration of former president Dilma Rousseff. The main clause in the bill will allow companies who take on an existing concession to pay off any outstanding debt.
In January 2017, the National Agency for Public Education (ANEP - Administración Nacional de Educación Pública) and the Uruguayan Institute for Children and Adolescents (INAU - Instituo del Niño y Adolescente del Uruguay) launched a radical infrastructure development programme, encompassing 211 projects in the education sector, located throughout the country, with a total estimated investment of more than US$400 million. The authorities have now announced the third tender within the programme.
Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística Ltda. has announced that it placed first in the international tender for the concession to finance and provide public operations and maintenance services on the northern section of the Rodoanel Mário Covas highway in São Paulo for 30 years as from the date the contract comes into force.
ACS has closed the sale of their stakes in two motorways in Colombia to their partner in both projects, Colombia-based Corporación Financiera Colombiana (Corficolombiana), operating through its subsidiary Episol. The roads concerned are the Conexión Pacífico 1 (Pacific Connection 1), to the south-west of Medellín, and the Mulaló-Loboguerrero motorway.
The State of São Paulo, through the Department of Housing, initiated the public consultation procedure for its new public-private partnership for housing.
ProInversión, the private investment promotion agency of Peru, has announced it has awarded the Broadband Installation for Comprehensive Connectivity and Social Development projects. This is a collection of projects located in the regions of Amazonas, Ica, Lima, Junín, Puno, Moquegua, and Tacna, which will directly benefit 950,000 Peruvians in 1,432 towns and cities.
Five offers have been received for the Las Palmas Reservoir concession, which involves the construction of a new reservoir in Petorca, in the Valparaíso region of Chile. The reservoir will be used to irrigate the middle and lower zone of the Petorca River Valley basin.