Brazil-Argentina group signs US$1.8bn São Paulo monorail contract

Brazil-Argentina group signs US$1.8bn São Paulo monorail contract : A Brazilian-Argentine consortium, ABC Integrado, won a tender to build, operate and maintain a 4.2bn-real (US$1.84bn) monorail in the city of São Paulo, known as metro line 18.

The consortium, which was the sole bidder for the contract, is made up of local engineering group Primav, which controls highway operator EcoRodovias, local construction companies Encalso and Cowan, and Argentina’s Benito Roggio Transportes.
The group requested an annual concession payment of 316mn reais, or 0.27% below the 317mn-real ceiling price called for in the tender documents. In return, it is investing 1.9bn reais in the project. The remaining 2.3bn reais will come from public coffers.

The 25-year concession calls for building a 15km monorail, with 13 stations from São Paulo city to the neighboring ABC region. Construction should be completed in 2018.

The public-private partnership contract was signed in the presence of planning minister Miriam Belchior.

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