The government presented the “Central Railway” project on the morning of August 15, which details the call for tender for the construction of the railway between the Port of Montevideo and the city of Paso de los Toros, on the occasion of the installation of a new UPM plant in that locality.

At the event, which was held at the Radisson Victoria Plaza Hotel before a hundred interested, it was announced that the tender and concession for the construction and maintenance will be for a term of 22 years of the railroad. The modality that is expected to be used is Public Private Participation. The public tender will be open to national and international companies and the bidders will establish the financing conditions.

The award will be made in September and will be controlled by the Administrative Litigation Court (TCA). The project is expected to take 36 months to complete.

Economy Minister Danilo Astori reported that “tax benefits will be established” for its construction, such as the exemption from the Heritage tax. Astori also pointed out that it will be “an important work” of “hundreds of millions of dollars.” “We have an estimated amount but I do not know if it is appropriate to establish it together with the call. It is part of the competition of the interested parties,” he said.

He added that “payments for availability are going to be part of the national budgets of the country” and “there lies the guarantee” for the bidders. The railroad will have a length of 273 km, which will be added a section of double track at the entrance to the port, along Francisco Tajes Street, 26 km. A dozen secondary roads for train crossings, a section of track for industrial access and more than 40 railway bridges will also be incorporated.

Minister Víctor Rossi said that the possibility of using an electric train for the transport of cargo is foreseen.

The launch also included President Tabaré Vázquez, Chancellor Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Housing Minister Eneida De León and OPP director Álvaro García.

For more information about the central railway please visit the following website: http://ferrocarrilcentral.mtop.gub.uy/