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Bolivia re-launches Montero-Bulo Bulo consultancy tender

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bolivia's public works, services and housing ministry has re-launched a tender to carry out the technical supervision works for the construction of the Montero-Bulo Bulo railway.

Responsibilities of the technical supervisor include creating the final engineering design of the project, ensuring that the design meets international standards and is consistent across all three stretches of the project, creating a construction schedule and overseeing the works and maintaining the railway for three years upon completion.

The referential budget of the consultancy is 87mn bolivianos (US$12.6mn), and work is to be carried out over a period of 850 days.

The railway will connect Montero in Santa Cruz department with Bulo Bulo in Cochabamba. The tender was awarded to Chinese firms CAMC and China Railway as well as Spain's Yapilo, with CAMC constructing a 93km stretch connecting Montero with Santa Rosa and Río Yapacani for US$105mn, China Railway constructing a second stretch connecting Río Yapacani with Bulo Bulo for US$83.6mn and Yapilo constructing the three bridges, with a budget of US$47mn.

The project is part of a bigger effort to create a Peru-Bolivia-Brazil inter-oceanic railway and is expected to allow Bolivian state oil and petrochemical firm YPFB to ship an estimated 2,100t of urea and 1,200t of ammonia annually to neighboring nations.

Bids are due on January 16 and the ministry aims to award the tender on January 24.

To view the tender documents, in Spanish, click here.

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