Colombia to launch second wave of highway tenders next month

Friday, October 24, 2014

Colombia plans to start launching its second wave of highway tenders – 11 projects for US$7.2bn – in November, deputy infrastructure minister Carlos García Montes told the BNamericas 5th South America Infrastructure Summit in Bogotá.

Among the projects that could be first in line are the Bucaramanga-Barrancabermeja, Rumichaca-Pasto and Santander de Quilichao-Popayán routes.

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The largest projects in the pipeline are the 1.5tn-peso Autopista al Mar 1, the 1.57tn-peso Autopista al Mar 2 and the 1.58tn-peso Villavicencio-Yopal highway.

"We expect we can start the tender process in November. We have to remember there are prequalified groups for these projects and we expect to award them in the first quarter of 2015," García told BNamericas at the summit.

Among dozens of companies prequalified for at least one of the projects are Spanish firms Sacyr, OHL, Cintra and Ferrovial​, France's Vinci, Brazil's Construtora Andrade Gutierrez and Odebrecht​, and Peru's Graña y Montero​.

The highways are part of a US$25bn, 40-project plan to build 8,000km of roads, bridges and tunnels to improve connectivity and competitiveness.