Melipilla-Santiago light rail tender deserted

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Chile's public works ministry (MOP) declared void the tender process for the US$200mn, 30-year concession for the Melipilla-Santiago light rail system Tuesday, after none of the seven pre-qualified groups submitted offers.

The ministry will now take 90 days to "reevaluate" the project, the MOP said in a statement.

The seven groups were Agencias Universales, Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL), Alstom Chile, Dragados y Construcciones, Jairvis Facilities with FCC Construccion, Ferrostaal and Sacyr.

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The concession entailed the construction, maintenance and operation of the passenger railroad for 30 years. The winner would also have been able to charge freight services for use of the approximately 67km-long railroad, and eventually third party passenger providers if demand warrants such a move.

The system's first phase was slated to begin operations in 2005, and once the entire system is operational, some 100,000 people/day were expected to ride the system.