The Apca Transmimetro consortium of China Harbor Engineering Company and Xi’An Metro Company secured a $US 4.3bn contract to design, build, operate and maintain Line 1 in October 2019.

The project consists of constructing a 23.9km elevated line with 16 stations. As well as supervising construction work, Consorcio Supervisor PLMB will verify the fulfilment of contractual obligations in the project.

The consortium is led by Ayesa, Spain, and its Mexican and Colombian subsidiaries, which hold a 40% stake in the company. Italian State Railways (FS) subsidiary Italferr has a 25% stake, and is joined by MAB Ingeriería de Valor (20%), and MM, Italy, (15%). The contract is worth Pesos 229.7bn ($US 62.5m) and will last for 11 years, comprising the construction period and the first few years of operation.

Signing of the works supervision deal is expected to take place on September at which point work on the overall project will commence.

The 28-year contract with Apca Transmimetro also includes operation and maintenance of Line 1 for 20 years. CRRC Changchun and Bombardier are included as sub-contractors to supply the trains. Each train will be 140m long and 2.9m wide with capacity for up to 1800 passengers.

“The signing of this supervision contract leaves us one step away from starting the execution of the concession contract,” says Dr Andres Escobar, general manager of Bogota Metro. “We are going to have a group of companies with extensive experience in different parts of the world, which will help us to control that the development of the metro is carried out with the highest standards of quality and transparency.”

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