Brazil: Mato Grosso to Relaunch US$681mn Cuiabá Light Rail Tender

Midwestern Brazil's Mato Grosso state will relaunch a tender to design and build a light rail transit (LRT) system in state capital Cuiabá.

The state's 2014 World Cup secretariat (Secopa) will publish bidding rules again on March 6, according to a report on the Portal 2014 World Cup website. The bid deadline, previously April 10, has yet to be updated.

The postponement is due to a legal requirement that tenders for any given project be launched at least 15 days after the last public hearing held concerning the matter. In this case, the last hearing was held on February 16 and the bidding process launched on February 22.

The tender, which will be awarded via a process known as RDC, calls for the eventual contractor to develop a basic design and executive project, as well as carrying out civil works.

While Secopa has not defined a budget for the project, the construction costs were estimated at 1.16bn reais (US$681mn) before the decision to launch an RDC process.

The 24-month project involves building two LRT stretches to serve Cuiabá and the neighboring city of Várzea Grande. One stretch will connect Várzea Grande's Marechal Rondon airport with Cuiabá's CPA integrated terminal, and the other will link downtown Cuiabá with the Coxipó neighborhood.

The 22km system will have 33 stations and three integration terminals. Financing is being provided by federal savings bank Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF).

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