Four consortiums in race for USD3.6 Billion Bogotá metro line

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The Bogotá Metro Authority has said that 4 consortiums, 3 containing Chinese firms, are competing to win work on the Bogotá metro’s second-line construction project in Colombia.

The 15.8km metro route is set to commence from Calle 72, situated at the western endpoint of Line One, extending in a southerly direction to the Suba district. This new line will predominantly operate underground, featuring a total of 11 stations served by 23 trains. It forms a crucial component of an ambitious initiative aimed at providing Bogotá with a contemporary public transportation network. This comprehensive system will consist of five metro lines, seven cable cars, and two tram systems, enhancing the city's transportation infrastructure.

The four teams competing for the work are:

  • Metro Línea 2 Bogotá: The Colombian subsidiary of Portuguese contractor Mota Engil and Beijing-based CRRC, the world’s largest rolling stock maker;
  • Apca Metro Línea 2: China Harbour Engineering, a subsidiary of China Communications, and Xi’An Rail Transportation Group, a subsidiary of China Railways;
  • Apca Bogotá Metro 2: This is made up of China Railway Construction Electrification and China Railway Construction Corporation International Investment; and
  • Unión L2 Bogotá Metro Rail: This is a Spanish team that includes Sacyr Concesiones Colombia, Acciona Concesiones and CAF Investment Projects.

The project's funding structure entails 70% of the financing being provided by the Colombian government, while the remaining portion will be contributed by several international institutions, including the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF).

The client will receive advisory services from the Sustainable Urban Mobility consortium, a group composed of Garrigues Colombia, Brigard & Urrutia Abogados, KPMG, BONUS Investment Banking, Systra, and Ingetec Ingeniería y Diseños.

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