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Chile has delayed a tender for the construction of the new US$84mn Los Libertadores border complex for the fourth time this year in a move to try to attract bidders.
Two months ago, the government increased the project's budget by 52%, raising interest among construction companies.
Now, public works ministry MOP has postponed the deadline for submission of technical proposals and bids from October 15 until November 26.
Economic proposals for the project at the busiest border crossing with Argentina were initially expected to be reviewed on November 5 but will now be opened on December 19.
Sixteen companies have purchased documents so far to participate in the tender. These are: Besalco Concesiones, Cointer Chile, Claro Vicuña Valenzuela, Icafal Inversiones, Echeverría Izquierdo, Sacyr Chile, Brotec, Empresa Constructora Sigro, Agencias Universales, AMEC CADE, OHL, Valko, Concesiones Viarias Chile Tres, Tradeco Infraestructura, Sacyr Concesiones Chile and Conpax Concesiones.
The new complex will be located approximately 2,990m above sea level, some 68km from the town of Los Andes, northeast of capital Santiago. The 15-year concession would include all civil works and border controls.
Every year, some 1.5mn people and 4.3Mt of goods pass through the crossing.
Los Libertadores is part of a US$1.6bn package of infrastructure projects the government aims to award this year.