Brazil's transport infrastructure department (DNIT) has called tenders valued at 31.5mn reais (US$18.6mn) to prepare basic engineering plans for a railroad in the southern state of Santa Catarina.
The plans will be used for the Santa Catarina rail corridor, which will run over 623km inland from the port city of Itajai to the city of Chapeco.
The initiative entails five tenders in all. The first three are budgeted at 6.56mn reais, 6.30mn reais and 6.28mn reais, and involve drawing up plans for 119km, 120km and 136km sections of the railroad respectively.
The remaining two contracts are worth 6.38mn reais and 5.98mn reais, and involve stretches measuring 128km and 120km respectively, according to a procurement notice published on the DNIT website.
Interested firms or consortiums can request clarifications until November 19 and proposals are scheduled to be opened on December 1.
The winning bidders will have 360 days to complete work once contracts are signed.