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Chile, Region V of Valparaiso - cl/37

Highway


The consortium Belfi Conpax Aura, composed of Belfi SA, ConPax SA and Aura Ingenieria SA,  secured the EUR99,93 million (UF2.98 million) contract, for the concession of El Melon tunnel expansion project in Chile's central Valparaiso region. The El Melon tunnel project (retendered) involves the construction, maintenance and operation of highway infrastructure that will boost capacity and safety. Duration of the contract is 15 years. The main element, a new tunnel alongside the 2.5 km existing one between Quillota and Petorca provinces, will be linked to the existing tunnel by 5 bypasses (4 pedestrians and 1 for vehicles). The project also includes modernising and widening of the existing tunnel to meet current standards. For further information visit http://www.concesiones.cl/noticias/Paginas/DetalledeNoticias.aspx?item=344and http://diariooficial.urbans.cl/2016/06/diario-oficial-07-06-2016-pagina-19/.  25/16.


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Chile, Santiago - cl/36

Metro - Line 6

The consortium ETF (55 percent)/Colas (45 percent) secured the EUR150 million contract for construction and maintenance during 20 years of rail infrastructure (tracks and catenaries) for lines 3 and 6 of the metro system of Santiago, Chile. Work includes the installation of 75 km of electrified track (rigid overhead rail) in a tunnel, as well as 15 km of electrified track (conventional overhead lines) for two depots. Commissioning is scheduled for 2017 for line 6 and 2018 for line 3. The Lines 3 and 6 will be totally underground. Line 3 will be 22 km-long with 18 stations from Huechuraba in Quilicura municipality to Larrain in the Reina municipality. Line 6 will be 15.3 km-long with ten stations from Cerrillos to Los Leones. Visit www.metrosantiago.cl, www.eurovia.com and www.colas.com. 44/13.

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In April, 2013 the Italian companies Impregilo (49 percent)/Salini (51 percent) secured the EUR120 million contract for construction of civil engineering works, shafts, galleries and tunnels, sections 1 and 2, Line 6, Santiago (Chile) Metro: 8,175 m with six stations. Visit www.salini.it. 18/13.

 

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In June, 2013 the consortium Echeverria Izquierdo (Chile)/OSSA S.A.(Spain) secured the totally EUR126 million contracts for construction of civil engineering works, shafts, galleries and tunnels, section 3 (4,500 m) and 4 (2,700 m), Line 6, Santiago (Chile) Metro including four stations. Visit http://ossaint.com and http://www.echeverriaizquierdo.cl/. 26/13

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Chile, Santiago - cl/35

Metro - Line 3

The consortium ETF (55 percent)/Colas (45 percent) secured the EUR150 million contract for construction and maintenance during 20 years of rail infrastructure (tracks and catenaries) for lines 3 and 6 of the metro system of Santiago, Chile. Work includes the installation of 75 km of electrified track (rigid overhead rail) in a tunnel, as well as 15 km of electrified track (conventional overhead lines) for two depots. Commissioning is scheduled for 2017 for line 6 and 2018 for line 3. The Lines 3 and 6 will be totally underground. Line 3 will be 22 km-long with 18 stations from Huechuraba in Quilicura municipality to Larrain in the Reina municipality. Line 6 will be 15.3 km-long with ten stations from Cerrillos to Los Leones. Visit www.metrosantiago.cl, www.eurovia.com and www.colas.com. 44/13.

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Isolux Corsan has been awarded the construction of section 3 of Line 3 of the Santiago de Chile Metro, a complex project requiring a 3.7 km tunnel excavated by NATM under the heart of the Chilean capital and crossing the Mapocho River to lead to Plaza de Armas. The project, with a planned investment of EUR75 million, will include the construction of the tunnel, three stations at Hospitales, Puente Cal y Canto and Plaza de Armas, five circular shafts, and two rectangular shafts over a period of 28 months. Click cl/35 for tunnelbuilder archive. Visit http://www.metrosantiago.cl and http://www.isoluxcorsan.com. 05/14.

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Chile, Santiago Metropolitan Region - cl/34

Hydropower

The Chilean generator AES Gener has signed the final contract for the remaining excavation work in the Rio Yeso and Rio Volcan valleys for the Alto Maipo project with Constructora Nuevo Maipo, a consortium between Germany's Hochtief Solutions and Italy's CMC di Ravenna. Visit http://cmcgruppo.com and www.hochtief-solutions.com. 47/12.

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Strabag SpA has awarded Pöyry with an engineering services assignment for the Alto Maipo hydropower project located in the Maipo river basin in Chile. The assignment includes a review of constructability and preliminary engineering, detail design and preparation of tender documents for hydromechanical and electrical works, operation & maintenance manuals and site supervision during installation and commissioning. 

The Alto Maipo hydropower project consists of two run-of-the-river hydroelectric plants with a total capacity of 531 MW. Construction of the 267 MW Las Lajas plant and 264 MW Alfalfal II plant began in the fourth quarter, 2013. The plants are expected to be commissioned in 2019. Visit http://www.altomaipo.com/ and http://www.poyry.com. 06/17.


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Alto Maipo SpA, a subsidiary of the Chilean-based AES Gener and the US-based AES Corporation, part of the Chilean tunnelling division of Strabag SE has secured a EUR385,2 million (USD 490 million) design and build contract for the majority of the tunneling and civil works of the Alto Maipo Hydroelectrical Power Plant, located 50 km southeast of Santiago, in the high Maipo River basin of the municipal district of San José de Maipo. This area is situated in the Andes close to the Argentinean border with peaks up to 6,500 m. The Alto Maipo project includes the two hydroelectric plants Alfalfal II and Las Lajas for a total of 531MW. 46.5km of tunnel and shafts will be excavated by drill and blast as well as by tunnel boring machines. The design and construction period starts in November 2012 and will last for about four and a half years. Visit www.strabag.com. 46/12.

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Alto Maipo SpA, filial de AES Gener, con sede en Chile, y la estadounidense AES Corporation, parte de la división chilena de túneles de Strabag SE, ha obtenido un contrato de diseño y construcción de 385,2 millones de euros (USD 490 millones) para la mayoría de Los túneles y las obras civiles de la Central Hidroeléctrica de Alto Maipo, situada a 50 km al sureste de Santiago, en la cuenca alta del río Maipo del municipio de San José de Maipo. Esta zona está situada en los Andes cerca de la frontera argentina con picos de hasta 6.500 m. El proyecto de Alto Maipo incluye las dos centrales hidroeléctricas Alfalfal II y Las Lajas para un total de 531MW. Se excavarán 46,5km de túneles y ejes mediante perforación y chorro, así como por máquinas de perforación de túneles. El período de diseño y construcción comienza en noviembre de 2012 y durará aproximadamente cuatro años y medio. Visite www.strabag.com. 46/12.

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Chile, Antofagasta Region - cl/33

Mine

The state-owned company Codelco approved an investment plan of EUR666.7 million in October, 2011 for underground construction at Chuquicamata open pit. Astaldi has been awarded a EUR118 million contract for the construction of the 7.5 km-long main access and the 6.2 km-long ore transport adit, with cross-passages and approximately 3.5 km of emergency and ventilation shafts. Construction starts March 2012, duration 41 months. For more on the project, click here. Visit www.codelco.cl and www.astaldi.com. 06/12.

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The Austrian Strabag Group (50%) and a local partner (50%) secured the EUR100 million contract to build several tunnels to extend the life of Chuquicamata in the Atacama Desert, the world's largest copper mine, where output fell 40 percent in the first quarter to 60,000 t. Contract duration three years. Visit www.strabag.com. 29/12.

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Astaldi Group has been awarded a EUR117 million contract for construction of 11 km of tunnels and additional works related to the existing Chuquicamata mining complex. Works will commence in May and have a duration of 26 months. The Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile (CODELCO) envisages an investment plan totalling USD3.8 billion to convert the Chuquicamata mine, currently the largest open-air mine in the world, into an underground mine. Visit www.codelco.cl and www.astaldi.com. 16/13.

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The Astaldi Group has been awarded by Codelco a new EUR 413 million (US$ 460 million) contract for the extension in Chile of the Chuquicamata Underground Mining Project. Chuquicamata is the world’s largest open-pit mine, and Codelco has a EUR 3.59 bn (US$ 4 billion) investment plan for its transformation into an underground mine. The new contract awarded to Astaldi will mean that they will be involved in the construction of 43 kms  of tunnels, as well as carrying out an additional 165,000 m3 of underground excavations, and executing 4.6 km of vertical excavations. The works will start next September, and will last 51 months. For further information visit www.codelco.cl  and www.astaldi.com. 22/16.

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Chile, Santiago - cl/32

Expressway

The Chilean Public Works Ministry (MOP) has introduced its preliminary design for two three-lane tunnels stretching 13 km to link Grecia Avenue in the south and El Salto Avenue in the north in the eastern part of Santiago, completing the city's beltway. The project, known as Americo Vespucio Oriente (AVO), will reach 40 m-deep, will cross seven communes and will cost EUR1.3 billion (US$1.9 billion). Chile's public works ministry (MOP) is planning to begin the bidding process by the second quarter of 2012. MOP has prequalified ten consortia to build and operate the highway. Technical bids expected by July, 2013 and concession award by end-2013 with construction starting in 2014. Click here for the map of the planned Vespucio Oriente tollroad. Visit www.mop.cl. 44/11.

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Chile's public works ministry (MOP) postponed to 31.01.2013 the tender call for the concession of the EUR1.3 billion (US$1.9 billion) Americo Vespucio Oriente (AVO) in Santiago. The two three-lane tunnels stretching 13 km will link Grecia Avenue in the south and El Salto Avenue in the north in the eastern part of Santiago, completing the city's beltway. Contact Luis Diaz at Project Development and Tender Division, Ministry of Public Works, tel +56 22449 6813, e-mail luis.diaz.g@mop.gov.cl. For more click here and visit www.mop.cl. 01/13.

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OHL Concessions and Sacyr Concessions have submitted the best proposal for the construction and concession of Santiago de Chile's Americo Vespucio Oriente urban highway (AVO), which has a budget of EUR710 million. The project comprises building and operating this 9.3 km urban highway, large sections of which will have three lanes in each direction. Some of the more prominent work among the primary projects on this highway, which will stretch across five Chilean communes (La Reina, Las Condes, Vitacura, Recoleta and Huechuraba), include the tunnel under the San Cristobal hill and Mapocho river, improvements to the pre-existing surface roadways in La Piramide, and two underwater carriageways from the south side of the Centenario bridge to Príncipe de Gales. Visit http://www.mop.cl/Prensa/Paginas/DetalleDestacadas-portadillanoticias.aspx?item=1429 and http://www.ohl.es/plantillas/grid7detalle.aspx?IdF=290&IdL=281&IdC=3850&idM=595&nvl=1&lan=en. 05/14.

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Chile, VI Region del Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins - cl/31

Mine

Codelco, the country's national copper company, awarded French consortium Vinci Construction Grands Projets (60%) and Soletanche Bachy (40%) the EUR292 million contract to design and build two 9 km-long parallel tunnels in El Teniente Mine in Chile. Drill/blast will be employed for an average cross section of 65 sq m. The project includes two intermediate access tunnels, totalling 6 km. Work starts in October, 2011 and will take 40 months. Visit www.vinci.com. 39/11.

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Chile, VI Regií³n del Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins - cl/30

Hydropower

Astaldi has been awarded a contract of USD282 million (Astaldi's share is 95% of it) for the construction of the Chacayes dam, in the valley of the Cachapoal river. The plant will have an output capacity of 106 MW and will entail the construction of more than 6 km of tunnels and a complex water inlet system. Works are expected to be completed within 2011. The owner is Australian group Pacific Hydro. Visit www.astaldi.com and www.pacifichydro.com.auAt present, Pacific Hydro is involved in the development of the Chacayes hydropower plant in the Upper Cachapoal valley, the largest hydroelectric power project presently being carried out in Chile, an initiative of an overall value of more than USD1 billion. Further to the Chacayes dam, the project involves the construction of three additional hydroelectric power plants in the valley for a total output of 555 MW together with the existing Coya and Pangal plants. Nido de Aguilas, jointly with Las Leí±as, will produce 282 MW. Completion of both is expected in 2012. Las Maravillas (78 MW) is scheduled for completion in 2014. Astaldi and Pacific Hydro have already entered into an exclusivity agreement paving the way to the signing of additional contracts during 2009, of a total value of USD600 million. 39/08.

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Italian infrastructure company Astaldi now has a 27% interest in the Chacayes run-of-river property in jv with owners Pacific Hydro. Construction of the 6 km-long tunnel system by contracting jv Astaldi-Fe Grande will start in January, 2010 using a 6 m-diameter Wirth TBM equipped with PPS navigation. For project information visit tunnelbuilder archive cl/30. Click here for contacts for TBM details, and here for guidance system. For the broader picture visit www.pacifichydro.com.au. 50/09.

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Chile, Maule Region - cl/29

Hydropower

In April, the board of Endesa Chile approved a USD273 million investment for the construction of the Los Cí³ndores hydroelectric plant in the Andes foothills in the Maule region VII, which will have nominal capacity of 150 MW and an estimated average annual generation of 529 GWh. The plant will use waters stored in Lake Maule which will be channelled through mixed adduction (pipes and tunnels) over some 16 kilometres. Corema, the Maule region environment commission, unanimously approved in mid April the environmental impact assessment (EIA). Endesa Chile, meanwhile, will launch tenders for the plant's works as soon as formal environmental permits are issued. Three contracts for civil works and one for equipment are planned. The project includes a main headrace tunnel, a secondary headrace runnel, on the right bank of the river Maule, and a surge tank. There are also associated works, not subterranean. The plant will be built near the town of San Clemente, 271 km south of Santiago, in the Maule region VII. Water to the plant will be conveyed through approximately 16 km of pipelines and tunnels from the Laguna del Maule, a lake-filled caldera in the Talca province that feeds the Maule river. Construction is due to last 50 months after starting in September 2008. Once the project is commissioned, which is scheduled for late 2012, it is to generate 529 GWh of electricity per year. Visit www.endesa.cl 24/08.

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Chile, Chacabuco Province - cl/28

Highway

Sociedad Concesionaria Autopista Los Libertadores S.A. was awarded the concession for the construction and operation of the 117 km Santiago-Colina-Los Andes highway under a public tender in 1997, for a term of 28 years. The operator is owned by OHL of Spain. OHL will invest USD101 million in expanding and improving the highway. The Chacabuco tunnel will be doubled and the upgrading of a 19.5 km section. The existing single bore tunnel is 2,050 m in length and the new tunnel may be of the same length, shorter or longer. The 9 m-wide tunnel will carry two lanes. Trasa Ingenierí­a is carrying out a social evaluation study to assess the benefits of the project. This is due to be completed in early May. Then the detailed design will be undertaken. Finally, the construction is expected to be tendered in the fourth quarter of this year. Details regarding the construction method are not available yet. Visit www.ohlconcesiones.cl 14/08.

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