LatAm infra pipeline holds opportunities for investors

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Global players will find many opportunities in the infrastructure sector across Latin America as governments will be forced to attract private investments.

Currently, the region has 1,274 active pre-operational infrastructure, water and waste projects, as 797 projects require a total of US$335bn in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, according to figures compiled by BNamericas and published in its most recent intelligence series report.

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Brazil has an infrastructure pipeline with 135 projects across all segments and private sector participation will be crucial as federal and state governments face serious fiscal challenges.

Those projects combined have an estimated capex of nearly US$91.605bn, with most of the total attributable to railways (US$33.990bn) and highways (US$27.420bn). Rail is Brazil's largest infrastructure category by investment. Even though our database contains just nine railway projects, each one requires over US$1bn.