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Colombia's infrastructure agency ANI awarded a contract to rehabilitate and operate two key railway corridors to the consortium Ibines Férreo.
The project has an estimated cost of 153bn pesos (US$53mn), and works are expected to take 14 months.
The contract entails the reparation of critical points, maintenance and the operations of the 558km La Dorada- Chiriguaná corridor and the branch lines Puerto Berrío-Cabañas and Capulco; as well as the 333km Bogotá-Belencito corridor, which includes the branch lines Facatativá-Bogotá and La Caro-Zipaquirá.
The consortium that won the contract is formed by Iberovias Empresa Constructora (40%), Infraestructura Nacional (25%), Integral Compañía (25%) and Espina y Delfín Colombia (10%).
"In the ANI we are very clear about the objectives of the tender; we want to reactivate freight operations on the two corridors, achieve interconnectivity and guarantee safe operation for passengers," said ANI head Luis Fernando Andrade.