Chinese firm among five bidders for Américo Vespucio Oriente highway

31 May 2017 - 12:00 am UTC

Five international consortia have presented offers for the 5.2km, underground Américo Vespucio Oriente highway (AVO II) in Chile.

Spanish giants Sacyr and OHL teamed up once again, having previously won the original Américo Vespucio Oriente highway concession in January 2014 while China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is making the first Chinese offer for an urban highway in Latin America, according to Eduardo Abedrapo, coordinator of concessions at the Ministry of Public Works.

The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) will open the economic offers on 28 July.

The full list of bidders can be found here

Abedrapo was effusive in saying that, “Today we have five offers involving almost nine companies… I think this is a great achievement for the MOP and the Government of Chile that has been working for a long time so that companies from other countries are open to the possibility of participating in the Chilean concession system”.

The highway will run from the Príncipe de Gales avenue to the Los Presidentes avenue, diverting the existing Avenida Vespucio Oriente undergound as a three-lane highway. It will run under Line 4 of the city’s metro, the San Carlos canal and Plaza Egaña, including three entrances and two exits. It also involves the construction of 192,500 m2 of parks, 5km of cycle paths in the areas of Príncipe de Gales, Plaza Egaña and Rotonda Grecia.