Three Megaprojects Will Be Ready In 2022
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Three Megaprojects Will Be Ready In 2022

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Paloma Duran By Paloma Duran | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Wed, 01/05/2022 - 11:40

Construction works at the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), the Dos Bocas Refinery and the Mexico-Toluca Interurban Train will be completed in 2022, announced President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

In his morning conference, López Obrador stressed that he will fulfill his promise to complete three of the government's megaprojects. The rapid and positive development of these projects has been thanks to the help of the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of the Navy.

“In these projects the military is working day and night so that we finish them on time. Hopefully, those who spoke that we were going to fail end up recognizing that these projects, especially the airport, saved Mexicans. If we had continued with that project (NAIM) on Lake Texcoco, it would have been a tragedy, " said López Obrador.

López Obrador said AIFA will be inaugurated on Mar. 23, 2022, as planned. However, there are concerns about its feasibility. The airport’s construction process currently reports a progress rate of 83.1 percent. An onsite report from Publimetro confirmed that the airport’s terminal and its two runways are all indeed completed. However, the report also claims that the site is almost completely covered in dust clouds due to the overwhelming presence of heavy construction machinery, despite claims from SEDENA that the work being done now only consists of cleanups and IT installations.

Meanwhile, the Dos Bocas refinery registers an advance of 74 percent and it is expected to be ready on June 1, 2022. López Obrador said that with the Dos Bocas refinery, the country will process 340,000 barrels of oil per day, thus helping toward the goal of becoming self-sufficient. "It means that we are no longer going to buy diesel abroad or sell crude oil; we are going to extract only what is necessary to supply domestic consumption."

Finally, the Mexico-Toluca Interurban Train reports an advance of 76.4 percent. The Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation reported that Sections I and II are finished and that the construction of Section III will begin this year. The train is expected to start operating in September 2023.

According to experts, the three projects are expected to have optimal development in 2023 due López Obrador’s decree that declared the government’s projects as matters of national security. With the new decree, the issuance of provisional permits or licenses is expected to be delivered in less than five days. President López Obrador explained that the government decree was meant to speed up procedures and ensure that construction of that projects continue. “It is an agreement to streamline the procedures and guarantee that these projects are not halted due to bureaucratic procedures. The institutions and companies that are working on the Mayan Train can have confidence and speed up the procedures."

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