Panama's metro ministry has pushed back the tender to build and design the capital city's subway line 1 and the tender to provide consultancy and technical services for the system, an official from the ministry told BNamericas.
The winner of the metro consultancy tender was scheduled to be announced on August 16. However an addendum to the original contract extended by five days the period for the evaluating committee to study the bids, the official said, adding the awardee is expected to be announced next week.
Participating consortiums in the tender are: Spain's Transporte Metropolitano de Barcelona-Aguas y Estructuras-Inelectra Servicios (with a bid of US$28.0mn); Tecnica y Proyectos-Renfe-FEVE (US$30.4mn); and US consortiums MetroPan (US$34.4mn) and Gerencia Metro Panama (US$35.5mn). The Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin International also participated in the process, putting in a bid of US$37.9mn.
The tender to design and build Panama City's metro line 1, meanwhile, was also published back, the official said.
The deadline to present offers was August 17. However the participating consortiums asked the metro ministry to change the deadline to August 30, the official said.
To read the addendum made to this tender's bidding rules, in Spanish, go to this link
Participating consortiums in the metro tender are Cima, Linea Uno and Grupo Italiano Metro Panama.
Cima is led by Spanish firm Acciona Infraestructuras and includes Japanese companies Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mexican construction giant ICA and Spain's CAF.
Linea Uno is comprised of Brazilian firm Odebrecht and Spain's FCC.
The Grupo Italiano Metro Panama consortium is led by Italy's Impregilo and includes compatriot firms Astaldi and Ghella.
Line 1 will run 13.7km from Los Andes neighborhood in the north of the city to the Albrook terminal in the south, with 13 stations in total.