Peru's Investment Promotion Agency Proinversión has launched a consultancy tender for transaction advisors to develop Pre-Investment studies to upgrade the rail line between the Peruvian city of Tacna and the Chilean city of Arica.
According to the tender documents, the goal of these studies is to create diverse project options considering demand and supply, operation and maintenance costs, environmental impact.
Companies interested in the works can submit a bid until June 27th.
The rail line was originally built in the XIX century. The services were suspended in 2012 due to the bad state of the infrastructure, including signs, rolling stock and rail infrastructure.
The rail line is used for freight and passengers. The main stretch has a length of 60 Km and runs through the port of Arica, the international airport of Tacna and Tacna downtown.
The project has been on the Peruvian infrastructure agenda for a long time. The project most recently gained attention following the International Court of Justice's ruling on a six-year maritime boundary dispute between Chile and Peru.
Regional authorities met to discuss key infrastructure projects to compensate the city of Tacna, putting emphasis on rehabilitating the railway. However there is no agreement, ProInversión is developing the project to concession and maintain the rail line and Tacna is asking for an initial US$20 million investment in the meantime.
See tender documents:http://www.proinversion.gob.pe/licitaciones/WebListadoDocumentosLicitaciones.aspx?CodLici=EHSofvWhuf3Pr7XAvFhBJA%3d%3d