Brazil extends deadline for railway concessions studies

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Brazil's transport ministry has pushed back the deadline to present technical studies for the preparation of four railway concessions involving 2,736km of line.

The studies are now due June 30, according to a government release. The previous deadline was February 11.

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The studies will complement the feasibility analyses already carried out by national ground transport agency ANTT.

The transport ministry, ANTT, federal rail company Valec, and Brazil's logistics and planning group EPL will analyze the studies and decide whether to approve them for use in the tender process.

The new rail infrastructure is focused on transporting crops harvested in Brazil's mid-west. The concessions are expected to last 35 years with construction to be completed in the first five. The works falls under national logistics program PIL.

Construction work on the Norte-Sul railway in Anápolis, Goiás (CREDIT: Valec)

THE FOUR RAILWAYS

The four stretches are: Açailândia (Maranhão)-Barcarena (Pará, 457km); Anápolis (Goiás)-Corinto (Minas Gerais, 775km); Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais)-Guanambi (Bahia, 845km); and Estrela D'Oeste (São Paulo)-Dourados (Mato Grosso do Sul, 659km).