Metro de Santiago readies US$217mn repair tender

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, January 02, 2020
Metro de Santiago readies US$217mn repair tender

Metro de Santiago shareholders approved a 160bn-peso (US$217mn) capitalization to repair subway stations damaged during the October 18 protests.

Complete repairs are expected to cost US$375mn.

A metro spokesperson told BNamericas that “it hasn’t been detailed how this tender would look like. It could be a normal tender, which takes a considerable amount of time, or it could be another system due to the rush to reopen all stations.” 

The capital increase was approved during an extraordinary meeting by the finance ministry and state-owned development agency Corfo, according to a notice sent to market regulator CMF.

Funds will come through fiscal contributions. Last month, the operator had to withdraw a funding proposal as unions complained it would result in loss of benefits. 

The tender will cover only repairs at stations that were most damaged on October 18, when arson attacks destroyed rails, electric systems and other infrastructure. 

In November, Metro de Santiago said seven stations would not reopen until late 2020.

Due to the repairs, the opening of new lines No. 7, 8 and 9 was also pushed back by one year.

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