Mexico City-Querétaro rail project management tender launched

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mexico's transport and communications ministry (SCT) launched a tender for the management of the Mexico City-Querétaro high-speed rail line project.

A bid clarification meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday and proposals are due - and will be opened on - January 26, according to information published on the government's procurement website CompraNet.

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The contract involves, among other elements, overseeing and managing the construction and material procurement processes.

In November, SCT awarded a contract for the construction element of the US$3.75bn project to the only group that submitted a bid: an eight-firm consortium led by China Railway Construction Corporation and formed by local companies including Constructora y Edificadora Gia+A, Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana and Constructora TEYA, part of Grupo Higa.

Days later, SCT revoked its decision after Mexican media outlets reported on alleged links between the head of Grupo Higa, Juan Armando Hinojosa, and President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The SCT has not yet launched a new construction tender despite originally stating it would do so by the end of last month.

A government commission formed to investigate the cancelation is due to present its findings by the end of March.