Colombia explores rail PPP

The country’s National Infrastructure Agency is working with the Antioquia district on a plan to construct an 80km link between Caldas and Botero.

Colombia’s Antioquia district is exploring a PPP project to construct an 80km railway between the town of Caldas and the Botero municipality.

Colombia’s National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), formed in 2011 to co-ordinate and manage PPP projects, has presented to the regional government five options for the project after the government asked for technical, legal and financial support.

“We are very pleased that the Promotora Sociedad Ferrocarril de Antioquia [created by the regional government] has taken the decision to allocate resources and structure a contract for a project to revive the railway,” said ANI president Luis Fernando Andrade.

The government has been working with ANI to study the different scenarios and will now bring in a consulting firm to detail the scope of the project so a tender can be issued.
The project aims to connect several municipalities surrounding Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, including Caldas, Sabaneta, Barbosa and Botero. The railway would be used as a passenger service during the day and to transport freight overnight.

Colombia has been one of the most active participants in Latin America’s PPP market. The 4G programme, launched in 2013, has looked to work with the private sector to extend and improve the country’s network of roads. In April, the ANI awarded a $526 million PPP to build a toll road in north-east Colombia to Spanish project developer Sacyr.