GVC consortium bags £648m contract for Uruguay railway project


Sacyr-led Grupo Vía Central consortium (GVC) has won a €735m (£648m) contract from the Uruguayan Ministry of Transport and Public Works for the Uruguay Central Railway project.

The GVC consortium includes Uruguayan companies Saceem and Berkes and French company NGE.

Under the 36-month contract, GVC will renovate 273km of the railway that connects the city of Paso de los Toros with Montevideo port. It will also operate on secondary roads, so that a total of 340km of roads will be installed.

In a statement, Sacyr said: “The new layout is mostly identical to the existing one, which facilitates its implementation and limits soil movements and the need for demolitions and expropriations.”

For the project, GVC has completed the initial stage of the financial structuring and the funds will be provided by BID, CAF, CAFAM and other international private banks.

GVC representative Alejandro Ruibal said: “Each of the companies of the consortium have the experience and professionalism necessary to carry out this work; we have outstanding human teams that will be essential to achieve the goal.”

Grupo Vía Central will be responsible for financing, designing and construction, as well as for renovation and maintenance for a period of 18 years.

The Uruguay Central Railway project involves renovation of 25 stations and passenger stops, while the existing structures will be adapted to the current road.

In a separate announcement, Sacyr Somague has said that it has secured a contract from Infraestructuras de Portugal for the construction of a 40km railway line.

The €130m (£114.8m) infrastructure forms part of the Southern International Corridor, which will connect the ports of Lisbon, Sines and Setúbal with the railway network, which connects with Spain through Badajoz.

Sacyr Somague will be responsible for the construction of the new railway line, which will link the Évora Line, the Alandroal subsection and the Eastern Line.

The scope of work includes construction of the rail platform, drainage and other infrastructure such as viaducts, crossings, stations, technical buildings and those related to signalling and telecommunications.


Image: GVC consortium bags £648m construction contract for Uruguay Central Railway project. Photo: courtesy of SACYR S.A.

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