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Paraguay's public works ministry (MOPC) was forced to halt the opening of the economic bids for the US$400mn Loma Plata-Carmelo Peralta highway resurfacing contract over the objection of one firm that was excluded during the first stage.
Two weeks ago, two of the four bidders for the technical offers were excluded for "not fulfilling the minimum requirements." Yet one of them, José Cartellone Construcciones Civiles, has objected to its disqualification, a press release from the ministry says.
This caused the opening ceremony for the economic bids of the two remaining consortiums (Consorcio Bioceánico and Consorcio Corredor Vial Bioceánico) to be suspended. A new date will only be set after the matter is resolved.
The project entails paving 277km of highway between Loma Plata and Carmelo Peralta in Boquerón and Alto Paraguay departments, respectively.