- Posted by Rafael Moro
The World Bank (Bird) will carry out studies to make the East-West rail corridor viable and then the concession to the private sector. The partnership was closed with the Ministry of Infrastructure. The assessment will cover the Central-West Integration Railway (FICO) and sections 2 and 3 of the West-East Integration Railway (FIOL), totaling 1,900 kilometers.
The stretch would link Lucas do Rio Verde (MT) to Ilhéus (BA). The idea is to have a large East-West rail corridor, integrated with the North-South system ”, said Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas.
FIOL section 1, between Caetité (BA) and Ilhéus (BA), will be auctioned next April 8. The section 2 of the railroad, between Caetité and Barreiras (BA), is under construction by Valec, and is expected to be concluded in 2022. Section 3 of the FIOL, which will connect Barreiras to Figueirópolis (TO) or Mara Rosa (GO), still needs funding to get off the ground.
FICO, on the other hand, between Mara Rosa and Água Boa, already in Mato Grosso, will be built by Vale in exchange for the early renewal of the Vitória-Minas Railway (EFVM). The FICO section 2 project is being prepared, foreseeing a connection between Água Boa and Lucas do Rio Verde.
The terms of reference for the technical, economic-financial, environmental and legal (EVTEA) feasibility studies are being discussed between the Planning and Logistics Company (EPL), linked to MInfra, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), arm of the World Bank.
As disclosed by the Ministry of Infrastructure, the "project will be guided by socioenvironmental guidelines in order to guarantee not only good modeling for the future concession, but also to attract investors who prioritize sustainable ventures".
By: Eliza Maliszewski | Agrolink
This text was automatically translated from Portuguese.