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First Mayan Train Bids Published

By Pedro Alcalá | Thu, 04/02/2020 - 16:19

On April 1, FONATUR published a statement detailing the first bids presented for the construction of the Mayan Train. These bids will cover the first segment that will begin at the train’s southwesternmost corner in the city of Palenque, Chiapas, and travel to the municipality of Escárcega, Campeche. There will be stops in the towns of Tenosique and Balancán, located in the state of Tabasco. The tender was originally published on February 7 and the winning bid will be announced on April 23, with work scheduled to begin on April 30. The statement also specifies that both the technical and the economic proposals of these bids will share equal weight at the time of consideration and that initial calculations indicate that just in the construction of this first segment, 74,100 jobs will be created.  

At the time of publication, the value of bids (before VAT) ranged from US$535.97 million to US$950.87 million. That cheapest bid was put forth by a consortium headed by Grupo Vázquez del Sur (headquartered in Villahermosa, Tabasco) and composed of a large number of companies that include CICPSA and CIACSA. The most expensive bid was presented by a consortium led by Omega Construcciones, reported by Proceso to have also participated in the construction of Metrobús Line 6 and the Mexico City-Toluca rail line. Carlos Slim’s Constructora CICSA participated with a US$726.17 million bid, while Mexican infrastructure giant ICA participated with a US$594.98 million bid. La Peninsular, a company belonging to Carlos Hank Rhon’s Grupo Hermes, which has already won a contract worth US$43 million to rehabilitate 49km of railroad in the Tehuantepec Isthmus Railroad (FIT) project, headed a consortium that bid US$576 million, while Grupo CEMZA, through its subsidiaries Marinsa and Ocean Marine, were part of a consortium called “Lakamha Mukaan” that bid with US$643.95 million. The bids also featured significant international participation, with three bids presented by consortiums that included Chinese companies such as China Communications Construction Company, China Railway International Group and China Railway Construction Corporation.  

The data used in this article was sourced from:, FONATUR, Grupo Vázquez del Sur, Proceso, MBN
Pedro Alcalá Pedro Alcalá Senior Journalist & Industry Analyst