CFE, FONATUR To Modernize Electrical GridThu, 10/01/2020 - 18:16
FONATUR and CFE have signed a collaboration agreement to guarantee that the Mayan Train will have access to all the necessary electric infrastructure. This will include a guarantee that the train will be running on electrical power for at least 40 percent of its complete extension. The electrical infrastructure of the states that the train will pass through (Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Chiapas) will require significant development and technological updates to have the capacity necessary to meet this benchmark. The agreement also contemplates the sharing of know-how between CFE and FONATUR engineers. While the agreement does not address additional investment from CFE’s budget, it does represent a significant investment of time and resources from the parastatal.
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FONATUR to Invest in Cuxtal Ecological Reserve
A press release from FONATUR details the investment it is planning, through its Mayan Train budget, on the Cuxtal Ecological Reserve located outside Merida. Almost US$12.5 million will be invested in the protection and restoration of what has historically been a threatened reserve given its proximity to the growing city of Merida. The reserve’s aquifers and jungles have been polluted as the city has used them as a landfill, despite those same aquifers also being Merida’s most important water sources. Cuxtal was the first Protected Natural Area in the entire state of Yucatan and the Mayan Train will occupy around 30ha of its territory, which according to the press release will represent only 0.28 percent of its total extension.
FONATUR, CNA Sign Food Supply Chain Agreement
Another FONATUR press release concerns the agreement between this public institution and the National Agricultural Council (CNA) for the promotion of productive value chains as part of the Mayan Train project’s development. The Mayan Train will provide greater logistic capabilities for the agribusiness sector in the states of Chiapas and Tabasco, where economic growth is perceived as a method to “greenify” the activities of that industry. This agreement aims to coordinate that transition to lower logistical costs for both large and independent agribusiness players.
López Obrador Announces New Airport in Tulum
President López Obrador announced during today’s daily morning press conference the construction of a new airport in Tulum, Quintana Roo. “The project is already moving forward and we will give a comprehensive report at the right time,” he said. The president highlighted the relevance of the new airport, which is bonded to the Mayan Train project and the region’s development. After being asked about the train’s Section 5 status, which goes from Cancun to Tulum, the president said further work on roads and tracks are included. “This will help a lot. Also, the train’s section from Tulum to Escarcega will be completed, so the Mayan Train will serve as a transportation resource from Palenque to the Gulf of Mexico” he said.
Dogs Work Better at Ports: López Obrador
President López Obrador said dogs are more efficient than cameras and technology to detect illegal cargo at federal port facilities. “SAT head Raquel Buenrostro and Horacio Duarte, the customs director, told me that they no longer had those rich contracts and that have more dogs working, since they were the best choice to detect drugs and even cash,” he said. The president explained that even the most sophisticated technology cannot be compared to “these faithful and extraordinary puppies” and noted that seizures of illegal substances, smuggled products and money have increased at federal ports, customs and at the Mexico City International Airport.