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Mexico rejects FARAC III bids

The Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport (the SCT) has rejected bids for FARAC III, determining the technical proposals to be invalid and the bid valuations too high.

A consortium of CCR, Macquarie and Mota-Engil’s subsidiary Ascendi submitted the most competitive bid for the road package in north-east Mexico, costing $663.6M.

The project is now under review, with the SCT expecting to restart the procurement process soon. The 30-year real toll concession would have included 219km of highway between the Mexican state of Tamaulipas and the Texas border to the US, constituting 31km of greenfield and 188km of brownfield construction.

The award date of FARAC II, the South Pacific package, has been postponed from March to late in the second quarter of 2010. It has so far attracted bids from consortiums led by ICA, IDEAL, CCR and Mota-Engli/Ascendi .

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