Bogota metro pre-qualifies six teams; China Railways out 

02 April 2019 - 12:00 am UTC

Empresa Metro de Bogotá (EMB) has named six prequalified teams for its first metro line. The concession to last 20 years has a total estimated cost of USD 4.4bn.

Seven international teams replied on 25 February to an RFQ for the project. However, Chinese developer China Railway Group did not fulfill all the requirements to qualify.

The prequalified teams are: 
      – Consorcio Metro de Bogotá: FCC concesiones de infraestructura, Carso infraestructura y construcción, Promotora del Desarrollo de América Latina (IDEAL)
      – APCA Metro Capital: Controladora de Operaciones de Infraestructura, ICA constructora, Power China International Group, Siemens Project Ventures, Strukton Integrale Projecten 
      – Consorcio Sunrise: Acciona Construcción, Impregilo International Infraestructures, Ansaldo STS, Hitachi Rail Italy 
      – APCA Transmimetro: China Harbour Engineering, Xi’an Metro Company
      – Consorcio Línea 1: Obrascon Huarte Laín (OHL), Andrade Gutiérrez Engenhaira, Camargo Correa Infra Construcoes, CCR
      – Unión Metro Capital: Sacyr Concesiones Colombia, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), Hyundai Engineering & Construction, STOA

The deadline to make comments about the prequalified bidders is 3 April and the prequalified teams will have until 21 June to request authorization to modify the consortium. EMB expects to accept offers on 21 August and award the contract on 30 September 2019.

The government has said that of the total USD 4.4bn capex, the concessionaire will fund USD 1.1bn through equity (USD 300m) and debt (USD 800m) for importing construction equipment and providing the trains and coaches.

The government will pay the concessionaire USD 2.6bn for the public works during the construction of the rails and the stations.

The remaining USD 700m from the government and multilateral lenders will pay for the anticipated transfer of gas and water piping, telecoms lines and other assorted networks as well as the project management office and land acquisitions.

Stretching more than 24km from Portal Las Américas in the southwestern Bosa neighborhood to Avenida Caracas in the southeast, the metro will feature 23 trains able to carry up to 1,800 passengers each. Ten of its 16 stations will connect to the TransMilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system.


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