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http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20080228-706660.html
New Port On Mexico's Baja Peninsula Seen Costing $4B To $5B
February 28, 2008 7:30 a.m.

MEXICO CITY (Dow Jones)--The Mexican government's highly anticipated container port project at Punta Colonet in Baja Calfornia is expected to cost $4 billion to $5 billion, according to a report prepared by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency for U.S. firms interested in investing in Mexican infrastructure.

While the project is still in the early stages, it will likely require an additional multi-billion dollar investment in infrastructure supporting the development of a new city around the port.

The project will "alleviate congestion at southern California container ports and provide Mexico with a world-class container port facility," the report said.

Located in a remote region about 150 miles south of San Diego, the port will be connected by rail to the U.S. border, said Mexico's Communications and Transportation Secretary, Luis Tellez, at a conference to inform U.S. firms and investors about opportunities in Mexico.

In addition to Punta Colonet, the report identified four high-priority port projects that the Communications and Transport Ministry, or SCT, has planned for coming years.

They include major expansion projects at the country's largest existing ports, Manzanillo and Veracruz, as well as the ports of Lazaro Cardenas and Altamira. The report said the four projects should combine for a total cost of $1.79 billion.

Tellez said the government will tender new container terminals at Manzanillo and Veracruz later this year.

The report also named four high-priority airport projects that the SCT expects to begin in the next year or two.

They include a new airport in the Caribbean tourist area of Riviera Maya, and another at the Pacific port city of Ensenada, both expected to be tendered this year.

Other projects include the construction of a new runway and other expansions at the airport in Toluca, and the installation of an air cargo facility at San Luis Potosi's airport.

Excluding the San Luis Potosi project, which is still in the early stages of development, the report estimated that the remaining three projects will have combined cost of $635 million.

The SCT also hopes to make progress toward a much-needed second airport for Mexico City, although it hasn't released additional details.

Tellez said the SCT will soon inaugurate a new terminal at the airport in Puerto Vallarta.


http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUtilitiesNews/idUSN2855937020080228

Mexico's ICA eyes bids for $6.8 bln in projects

Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:24am EST

MEXICO CITY, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Mexico's top construction firm ICA sees more than $6.8 billion in projects coming up for bid in the next six months and wants to win them.


Chief Financial Officer Alonso Quintana said the main Mexican construction projects likely to enter a bidding phase are a revamping of an oil refinery at Minatitlan, two road development packages and an expansion of Mexico City's main ring road.
"For the short term, in the next six months, we see potential projects to bid for over $6.8 billion," Quintana said on a conference call with analysts on Thursday.
Over the next five years, ICA (ICA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) (ICA.MX: Quote, Profile, Research) reckons $235 billion in projects will come up for grabs as part of President Felipe Calderon's countrywide infrastructure plan.
"We won't win all these projects, of course, but no other contractor operating in Mexico has the combination of engineering capacity, financial structuring expertise, size and track record of working with the public and private sectors," he said.
Calderon has set out an ambitious plan to build up Mexico's infrastructure, with many of its roads creaking from overuse by trucks and cars, railroads slow and inefficient and a general lack of port facilities to ship cargo and handle tourism.
ICA posted a fourth-quarter net loss of 1.435 billion pesos ($131 million) on Wednesday, knocked into the red by tax provisions and higher costs.
ICA said its October-December revenues rose 8 percent year-on-year to 6.753 billion pesos as the company continued to benefit from a robust building sector. But costs grew faster than sales during the quarter.

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