Ecuadorian state-owned subway operator Metro de Quito expects to launch the prequalification process for the construction of phase II of the planned metro project in Quito in March, BNamericas has learned.
Metro de Quito announced back in November last year that construction of phase II would be done based on guidelines from regional development bank IDB. Since then a number of companies and consortiums have contacted the company expressing their interest in participating in the process.
"Once we've collected a database with all companies [interested in participating], what we'll do is to invite them to send all of the requested documentation, including experience, financial statements, etc. and that is expected to take place in March," a source with knowledge on the matter told BNamericas.
Phase II of the project includes construction of 13 of the 15 planned metro stations, a 22km tunnel and other civil works, such as workshops and depot, and the acquisition of the rolling stock material.
Additionally, phase II includes a supervision contract to oversee construction.
Once the prequalification process is launched, the tender for phase II is expected to follow suit and could come as soon as April, the source said.
As for the construction of phase I of the project, which involves work to create the La Magdalena and El Labrador stations, construction began in January by Spanish construction firm Acciona.
Phase I is expected to take 18 months to complete.
The planned Quito subway line - the city's first - will cost an estimated US$1.5bn. The line will run between southern district Quitumbe and El Labrador in the north.