Construcción Inmobiliario

Official: Spain can offer Brazil turnkey high-speed rail

Brasilia, May 21 (EFE).- Spain's development minister said here Tuesday that Spanish companies were prepared to meet all expectations for the high-speed rail Brazil wants to build.

"We're able to not only do the structure, but also do the superstructure, the electrification systems, the security systems and the rail-traffic control systems," Ana Pastor said after a series of meetings with senior officials in Brazil's infrastructure sector.

During each of those gatherings, Pastor reiterated Spain's interest in competing for the project to link Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo via high-speed rail.

The auction to select the operating consortium for the project, currently the country's most significant in the infrastructure sector, will be held in September.

Pastor said the public-private consortium that will register for the auction will be unveiled in "the coming days" and she underscored Spanish companies' ability to compete in each of the phases.

"A very big effort has been made in Spain for decades to have one of the world's largest high-speed rail networks" with "trains of proven efficiency" and "outstanding human capital," she said.

She also said the Spanish bid will include guarantees of "stable financing and the corresponding endorsements," as was the case in bidding for construction of a high-speed rail between the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina, awarded in January 2012 to a Spanish consortium.

On the final day of her third visit to Brazil since last June, Pastor also touted Spain's experience in ports and airports.

Brazil currently is carrying out multi-million-dollar projects to expand and modernize all of its airports, particularly those serving the 12 host cities of next year's FIFA World Cup.

One of those metropolises is Rio de Janeiro, which also will host the 2016 Olympic Games.