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Guatemala sees four bids for airport feasibility study

By BNamericas Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Four groups have submitted bids to carry out feasibility studies for the project to upgrade and expand Guatemala's La Aurora international airport, according to information from the national agency for the development of economic infrastructure (ANADIE).

The four bidders in the tender are a Spanish-US consortium comprised of companies Deloitte and Tetra Tech; Mexican firm IDOM Ingeniería; a Colombian-based group formed by companies Profit Banca, Durán Osorio & Abogados Asociados, and the Colombian branch of Iceacsa Consultores; and Mexican firms Felipe Ochoa y Asociados and Ríos Ferrer Guillén-Llarena, Treviño y Rivera.

The feasibility studies are being funded by the US government via its foreign aid agency Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). More specifically, the funds will come from a US$5.8mn project through which the MCC aims to support the Guatemalan government's efforts to implement public-private partnership (PPP) projects for infrastructure. This project is co-managed by the Guatemala's competition agency Pronacom.

The project to modernize and expand the La Aurora international airport through a PPP is being managed by the Guatemalan infrastructure ministry CIV. It entails expanding the taxiway, terminal, cargo area, hangars and perimeter security, including three airdromes for domestic connections. This involves an estimated investment of US$200mn.

The consultancy tender was relaunched last month, following the February cancellation of a previous tender process due to complaints from bidders on the technical scores awarded to some of the offers.

The deadline to submit offers for the consultancy tender had been scheduled for May 5, but it was later pushed to May 16. The winner is set to be announced five business days from the date the bids were submitted, according to information posted on government procurement website Guatecompras.

The consultancy work is expected to begin in August.

The initiative to modernize the airport is included in a list of projects that the Guatemalan government has been promoting to foreign investors.

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