Mexico City's new international airport: Upcoming tenders

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Last year saw the launch of some of the major tenders for the construction of Mexico City's 180bn-peso (US$9.14bn) new international airport, the majority of which were to carry out the project's preliminary works as well as the construction of the main infrastructure. Contracts for the construction of the airport's foundations, runways No. 2 and 3, the control tower and the terminal building have already been awarded.  

In total, tenders for around 228 contracts worth 126bn pesos have been launched and/or awarded. Around 100bn pesos worth of tenders were awarded last year alone, representing 60% of the total amount.

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For this year, GACM, the state entity in charge of building the airport, announced that it would launch 20 tenders worth around 35bn pesos. The first one, for the construction of a road, was launched and awarded earlier this month. 

Once the 20 contracts are awarded, around 85% of the total funds required for the project will have been committed.

BNamericas takes a look at some of the upcoming contracts. 

GACM director Federico Patiño announcing the airport's upcoming tenders.

(CREDIT: GACM). 

ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE

In June, GACM will tender the contract to build a road to connect the airport's entrance to the Peñón-Texcoco highway. The contract is expected to be awarded the same month. 

A contract to build a road linking the airport's government buildings area (located in the so-called southeastern campus) to the Pirámides-Texcoco highway will also be awarded in June. 

The Pirámides-Texcoco highway, which is still being built by local firm PINFRA, is not part of the airport project, as some residents opposing construction of the highway believe. 

In August, a tender will be launched to carry out leveling and clearing works at the southeastern campus. The contract also entails building service roads and taxiways, as well as the construction of an apron adjacent to one of the government buildings. In addition, the tender involves the installation of the power, water and sewer networks serving that area of the site.

The last road infrastructure tender to be launched this year will be for the construction of a six-lane, 700m-long elevated roadway connecting the terminal's arrivals and departures areas. This contract also involves the construction of an entrance tunnel to the metro station that will be built at the site. The tender is set to be launched in December.  

BUILDINGS

In April, GACM is planning to launch a tender for the construction of the multimodal transport center. The center will cover an area of 81,640m2 on four levels. It will host parking lots, bus stops, a Metrobus BRT station, a metro station, car rental facilities and a commercial area. The tender will be launched in April. 

August will see the tender for the air traffic control center launched. The center will host monitoring and control rooms in the area surrounding the airport site. According to GACM, the facility's main objective is to provide control services to the central region of the country's airspace. Weather forecasting at a national level will also take place there. The building will cover an area of 19,000m2 in the southeast of the site. 

Also in August, a tender for the construction of two central utility plants (CPUs) will be issued. The so-called east and west buildings will house facilities for power supply, a water pipe network and a fire station to serve the terminal building, the control tower, the support buildings and the emergency operations center. 

A third CPU will be located in the airport's southeastern campus. It will host the same type of services as the east and west buildings but will serve the facilities located in the campus. The tender for this project is set to be launched in October. 

In November, GACM will tender the contract to build three maintenance facilities. These buildings, which will be located in the area known as mid-campus, will host all facilities related to providing preemptive and corrective maintenance, and repair works to motor vehicles and airport equipment. The contract will also entail the construction of a central storage facility, a waste plant and a garden center, among other amenities. 

A model of the future international airport.

(CREDIT: GACM)

AIRSIDE AREAS

Contracts for runways No. 2 and 3 were awarded last September, and this year will see the launch of a tender to build runway No. 6 and its respective taxiways. The runway will be 5km long and 300m wide, and the tender is scheduled to be launched in May.

In June, GACM will launch a tender for the contract to build the airport's aprons. The aprons will be built with concrete over a combined total area of approximately 240ha. They will be built adjacent to the terminal building, the cargo terminal and the maintenance area. 

Construction of the airport's service tunnels will use a cut and cover design so aircraft can move uninterrupted. They will be built under the taxiways located between runways 2 and 3. The contract will entail the construction of two ground service equipment (GSE) tunnels with a length of 1,300m, which will be used by airport buses, catering trucks and tow-vehicles; two airport utility tunnels parallel to the GSE tunnels; a public road tunnel used by supply trucks, cars and buses transporting employees to the support area; and a third GSE tunnel to connect the maintenance area with the airport's cargo area. The tender's launch is scheduled for June.

WATERWORKS

In August, GACM will launch a tender for the construction of the first stage of the airport's deep sewer network. The 25m-deep sewer will comprise 7km of tunnels, 5m in diameter. The contract will also include the construction of 37km worth of sewage collectors and a pumping plant with capacity of 40m3/s.

NON-INFRASTRUCTURE TENDERS

The other seven tenders to be launched this year entail the installation of a power distribution network and related infrastructure; the navigation aid system; the visual aid systems; the fuel distribution network; and the general safety system, as well as the construction of a fuel facility.