Procurement process suspended for rapid passenger train PPP in Costa Rica

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Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) in Costa Rica has stopped the pre-qualification process for the rapid passenger train concession after observing deficiencies in compliance with the audit and feasibility report for the project.

The suspension of the procurement was announced as a result of an objection appeal submitted by a private company. After careful study of the appeal, the CGR concluded that the appeal is partly valid. The contracting authority for the project Incofer stated that the suspension will result in a delay in the schedule for the project.

The project works involve an 86-kilometers long electric rail network in metropolitan Costa Rica at an investment of US$1.5 billion. Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Green Climate Fund has already announced a commitment to provide US$500 million as a loan to the state.

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