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Mota-Engil consortium set to win US$1bn Guadalajara light rail contract

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Mota-Engil consortium set to win US$1bn Guadalajara light rail contract

A consortium led by Mota-Engil México presented the only bid to design, plan, construct, equip and operate the 20bn-peso (US$1bn) line No. 4 of Guadalajara’s light rail system in Mexico’s Jalisco state.

Consorcio Tren Ligero Línea 4 Guadalajara presented a 21.5bn-peso public offer to win the public-private partnership contract that was launched last month, procurement records show. 

The bid fits the 21.6bn-peso budget Jalisco’s congress approved for the work, which includes a 9.7bn-peso investment from the public sector. The amounts do not include taxes. 

Representatives of Guadalajara’s light rail system will name the contract winner on October 5, according to the documents. 

It is unclear which companies belong to the consortium, but representatives from Chinese state-owned locomotive manufacturer CRRC were present during the presentation of bids on Wednesday, according to records. 

The 21km line will connect central Guadalajara and Tlajomulco de Zúñiga municipality and serve eight stations, creating a link with line No. 1 and the Mi Macro Periférico BRT beltway corridor, which Jalisco’s infrastructure and public works ministry (SIOP) completed earlier this year. 

Construction will take 22 months and the line is expected to be inaugurated in 2024, right before President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez finish their respective terms. 

The line will be built at ground level and parallel to a freight rail line that is operated via a concession by Ferromex

Mota-Engil’s expanding rail portfolio

Last week, a consortium comprising Mota-Engil and CRRC presented a 29bn-peso offer for building metro lines No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 in Nuevo León state capital Monterrey, demanding a combined US$30bn. The consortium’s bid was the only one accepted by the state’s mobility and urban planning ministry. 

In November, CCRC won a 32.3bn-peso contract to modernize Mexico City’s metro line No. 1 in a joint venture with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC).

Mota-Engil, on the other hand, was awarded a 13bn-peso contract in April to build the first stretch of the Maya train. The company leads the project alongside CCCC in consortium with three other companies.  

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