Chile unfreezes US$900mn Santiago highway evaluation

Friday, April 21, 2017

Chile's environmental evaluation service SEA decided to lift a suspension on the environmental impact study process for the El Salto-Príncipe de Gales stretch of the Américo Vespucio beltway in capital Santiago.

The regulator had previously put the application for the US$900mn project on hold, while awaiting the results of an investigation into alleged links between an SEA employee and the concessionaire, Sociedad Concesionaria Vespucio Oriente (AVO).

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AVO successfully appealed to SEA, arguing the suspension could have a negative impact on the project.

Explaining its decision, SEA said the law prohibits it from taking measures that can cause "grave or irreparable harm" to the interested parties.