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Chilean port authority Empresa Portuaria Arica (EPA), operating in northernmost region XV, expects to award the tender to rehabilitate rolling stock for the Arica-La Paz railroad in March next year, EPA general manager Aldo Signorelli told BNamericas.
Work includes the rehabilitation of rolling stock that was used on the railroad until 2005, including three locomotives and 100 carts. The project does not include the purchase of new trains or equipment, Signorelli said.
Funding for the project is coming from the US$26mn EPA has pledged to invest in the operation and maintenance of the 440km railroad, which runs from the regional capital to the Bolivian capital. The operator is also currently carrying out a US$32mn project to rehabilitate the railroad's Chilean stretch.
Tender rules will be available to interested companies from January 2 to 13, and work is scheduled to begin in April, a press release from EPA reads.
EPA recently signed an agreement with state-owned railway firm EFE to operate the railroad.
Once operational, scheduled to happen in 2H12, EPA expects that 70,000-90,000t/y of cargo from Bolivia will be transported via the rail line.