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Mayan Train’s Fifth Segment Tender Receives One Bid

By Pedro Alcalá | Thu, 08/20/2020 - 16:50

An official FONATUR press release has announced the nature of the public tender for the construction of the Mayan Train’s fifth segment. This segment will run 121km in the state of Quintana Roo from the city of Cancun to the township of Tulum, making it one of the most transited sections of the train due to the enormous influx of tourism that these two locations receive. The contract contemplates the rehabilitation of existing rail lines and the rehabilitation of the adjacent 307 federal highway. So far, only one proposal has been presented by a consortium formed by Greenfield SPV VIII, BlackRock Mexico Infraestructura, PRODEMEX Construcciones, Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana, Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana de Infraestructura and Constructora de Infraestructura Nacional. 

The final decision for this tender is scheduled for Aug. 31 and, if possible, the contract in question is to be signed seven days after this decision is made, assuming it is accepted by the contractor in question. The contract will also contemplate the operation and maintenance of both the highway and rail line segments for a duration of 18 years. 

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President López Obrador’s Remarks on API Veracruz Raise the Alarm

As previously reported, President López Obrador criticized the nature of the public concession contract under which the Veracruz Port’s API functions, claiming that “the public function was given to private interests, to the private sector” and vowing to cancel the contract which was signed for 100 years. A report from T21 cites a number of politicians and experts who agree that if this contract were to be cancelled, that action would be followed by numerous legal battles that would greatly complicate the port’s operation and development, not to mention that it would create a number of obstacles for all ports and APIs currently following their own strategies to attract investment.  

CMIC Identifies Infrastructure Opportunities

A report from T21 relays a statement by CMIC which surveys infrastructure projects that represent relevant opportunities for Mexico’s construction sector. CMIC claims to have found a total of 242 state-level infrastructure projects that represent a total of over US$13 billion in investments. The statement also ranks the states of Queretaro, Sinaloa, San Luis Potosi, Jalisco, Guerrero and Mexico State as those with the most opportunities, while the states of Tlaxcala, Quintana Roo, Colima, Chiapas, Chihuahua and Morelos were the ones that registered the least number of opportunities. 

NAIM Steel Purchasing Contract Temporarily Suspended

An SCT press release details the temporary cancellation of the contract that would have given the company Grupo Gilbert Estructuras en Acero the right to purchase the steel used in the cancelled NAIM’s Texcoco construction site. This temporary cancellation will last until the Mexico City Airport Group (Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México or GACM) can verify the full legality of this contract after concerns were raised in the media following the contract’s announcement last month. 

SCT Leadership Continues Its Reshuffling

Following last weeks’ worth of resignations at SCT, modifications in leadership positions have continued this week after an SCT press release announced that Jorge Carlos Tobilla Rodríguez and Aurelio Antonio Argüelles Rodríguez will be the new Director Generals of API Progreso and API Puerto Madero, respectively.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
FONATUR, T21, MBN, SCT
Pedro Alcalá Pedro Alcalá Journalist and Industry Analyst