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A consortium comprised of local companies Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana de Infraestructura and Infraestructura & Healthcare was awarded the contract to build a 180-bed general hospital in the city of Tapachula, in Mexico's Chiapas state.
The project was commissioned by the national social security institute IMSS.
The 25-year concession contract entails the design, construction, equipping and operation of the facility, which will be developed under a public-private partnership model. Once the project is complete, IMSS will be in charge of managing all health-related services, while the concessionaire will be responsible for managing non-health services at the facilities.
The winning consortium presented the lowest bid at 11.14bn pesos (US$619mn).
Some of the other bidders included Sacyr Concesiones, Grupo Constructor Marhnos, and Concesionaria de Proyectos de Infraestructura - the firm who submitted the unsolicited offer for the project.
A bid submitted by a consortium led by company Acciona Infraestructuras was dismissed given that it exceeded the maximum price set by IMSS.
The 27,613m2 hospital will provide services in 36 specialties, including general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, oncology, and pediatric services, among others.
The new facility will replace an existing general hospital, which is located in a high-risk area that suffered significant damage when hurricane Stan hit Tapachula in 2005.
Another three hospitals commissioned by IMSS will be built under PPP models. The winner of the tender to build a facility in Bahía de Balderas, in Nayarit state, is expected to be announced shortly. Meanwhile, the tenders for the construction of two hospitals - one in García, Nuevo León, and another one in Tepotzotlán, Mexico state - are scheduled to be launched this year.