Brazil completes US$25bn PAC transport works

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Brazilian government completed about 66.9bn reais (US$24.5bn) worth of transportation infrastructure projects under the second phase (2011-14) of its growth acceleration plan (PAC).

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According to the latest PAC report, a total of 5,188km of roadwork has been completed over the last four years, including 1,413km through concession contracts.

Works included widening 315km of highway BR-060 in Goiás state; and building the Rio de Janeiro Arco beltway along highway BR-493, 22km of highway BR-448 (Rodovia do Parque) in Rio Grande do Sul state, and 4.3km of highway BR-324 (Via Expressa) in the state of Bahia.

Another 7,002km of roadwork is currently under way, the report said.

RAILWAYS

During the period, 855km of the Norte-Sul railway (FNS) running between Tocantins state capital Palmas and Goiás state's Anápolis city began operations, as did 247km of the Ferronorte railway in Mato Grosso state between the municipalities of Alto Araguaia and Rondonópolis.

PORTS

A total of 30 projects were completed, including expansion of the commercial pier of Vitória port (Espírito Santo state) and construction of passenger terminals at Natal port (Rio Grande do Norte) and Recife port (Pernambuco).

Dredging took place at the ports of Imbituba (Santa Catarina), Santos (São Paulo), Fortaleza (Ceará), São Francisco do Sul (Santa Catarina), Itajaí (Santa Catarina), Rio de Janeiro, Suape (Pernambuco) and Natal.

AIRPORTS

Passenger handling capacity throughout the country was increased by 70mn/y through the completion of 37 projects, according to the report.

Passenger terminal No. 2 at Galeão airport (Rio de Janeiro) was remodeled; runways and aprons at the airports of Foz do Iguaçu (Paraná) and Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul) were restored; and terminal No. 4 at Guarulhos airport (São Paulo) was built.

Through airport concession contracts, works were also completed for the airports of Brasília (Federal District), Viracopos-Campinas (São Paulo), São Gonçalo do Amarante (Rio Grande do Norte), and Guarulhos.

Another 15 regional airport projects were completed in 11 cities throughout the country, the report said.

Galeão international airport - Rio de Janeiro. (CREDIT: Infraero)

PAC 3 AROUND CORNER

A total of 796mn reais in PAC 2 works have been completed through October across sectors such as transportation, energy, housing, waterworks and sanitation.

Meanwhile, the federal government is planning PAC phase 3 for the 2015-2018 period.