Brazil to award 11 roads in 2016

Brazil’s Minister of Planning, Nelson Barbosa, has announced that the government will auction 11 highways next year.

"There are about 16 road designs of which 11 are in request for expressions of interest. We expect to enable the auction over 2016,” said Barbosa.   

Under the Logistic Investment Program (PIL), the government also expects to award six railways, four port terminals and four airports by 2018.    

Barbosa confirmed that plan, adding that the government is trying to reach the second phase of the PIL program and to attract international bidders.    

The plan includes the bioceanic project studies to be delivered in May next year by a Chinese firm. There are three more studies, including Northern and Southern railways plus the Lucas do Rio Verde to Miritituba, with studies already delivered and under analysis by ANTT (Agencia Nacional de Transportes Terrestres).    

It is expected that BNDES will fund 70% of the Lucas do Rio Verde to Miritituba scheme. Feasibility studies will decide whether the projects will be delivered under a public concession or a P3.    

Among port terminals, Barbosa stressed that four terminals will be launched in December, of which three are based in Santos and one in Para. There are 21 terminals in EOI phase and 55 terminals in evaluation.    

On airports, the government has launched six projects in Sao Paulo that are currently in the public consultation process. The government is also studying the concession of several regional airports, mainly in the southeast and northeast.