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CONAGUA To Train Infrastructure Technicians

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 17:52

CONAGUA announced this week that it is launching a program called “School Of Water 2021.” This is an educational initiative through which the commission will seek to collaborate with industry associations, universities, companies, state and local governments to provide classes and training for all water infrastructure professionals in Mexico. Subjects that will be covered will include water treatment plant management, service cost analysis, energy efficiency, measuring instrument technologies and the water sector legal framework. The program has been launched to expand the existing workforce dedicated to Mexico’s water distribution and processing infrastructure and also to update the technical characteristics of a national network of systems whose age and technological appropriateness varies greatly.       

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Mexico City Subway Line 1 Close to Being Fully Operational

General Secretary of the Metro Workers Union Fernando Espino announced that this week would see the reopening of Line 1 of Mexico City’s subway system given that the city’s mobility was greatly affected after a fire in the system’s control center in early January halted the operation of six subway lines. Line 1 was partially reopened on Monday, with its operability expected to go back to full capacity, along with the reopening of Lines 2 and 3, by early February. Director General of the Metro System Florencia Serranía Soto gave an update on the progress of the energy renovations for Line 1. “We ran some tests yesterday and we have verified the availability of 85kV at the Buen Tono substation,” said Serranía Soto.

Mexican Shipping Breaks New Record

Mexican logistics, mailing and packaging company Estafeta broke its all-time shipment record in a single month this past December 2020. The company registered the highest number of shipments in its 41 years of service. Estafeta reported an average of over 300,000 deliveries a day during this month, totaling about 8.1 million shipments in the month. “Sixty percent of the operation came from e-commerce. Online sales made up all activity for the end of the year. The largest number of shipments occurred in the center of the country,” the company said in a press release. Currently, the firm has 126 distribution centers that are strategically located across Mexico, three logistics hubs in San Luis Potosi, Veracruz and Mexico City with an additional  33 warehouses. The logistics company also has 5,000 vehicles and a five-airplane fleet. 

Airport Groups Announce Infrastructure Investment

Airport groups that jointly operate 25 airports in Mexico have announced large infrastructure investments to increase the capacity of major airports in preparation for the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), which operates 12 airports in Mexico and two in Jamaica, announced a US$1.25 billion investment that will allow it to double its capacity by 2026. Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte (OMA), which operates 13 airports in Mexico, also indicated that the company is planning the largest investment plan in its history: US$600 million over the next five years. Half of the resources will be dedicated to the construction of a new wing and the refurbishing of the wing for legacy airlines at Monterrey International Airport. 

“T-MEC Park” Announced

E-Group, a company owned by the El-Mann family, announced in a press conference with State of Mexico Governor Alfredo Del Mazo the unveiling of its “T-MEC Park” project, an immense logistical hub to be built close to the new Felipe Angeles Airport in Santa Lucia, State of Mexico. The project represents an initial investment of over US$1.2 billion and is expected to generate 65,000 jobs.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
CONAGUA, MBN
Photo by:   CONAGUA