Concessionaires are making progress on the first two lines of the Lima metro despite permitting delays, government and company officials said.

Peru's Graña y Montero (GyM) and Ferrovías of Argentina, which operate subway line No. 1, are expected to sign a contract addenda to expand transport services on the completed elevated line as early as the coming week, transport and communications minister José Gallardo said.

The Línea Uno consortium has been negotiating since January 2015 a contract to add another 20 trains to double the number of passengers handled daily to 600,000, Gallardo said, according to state news service Andina. GyM and Brazil's Odebrecht completed the second stretch of line 1 in May 2014.

"On the state's side, there are aspects to be solved, as this purchase changes everything," Gallardo told reporters in Lima. It changes the electrical system, the dimension of some stations and workshops, a series of elements that have a cost."

At the same time, the concessionaire for line No. 2, Peru's largest transport infrastructure project, has completed 2,290m of tunneling to date and aims to finish the first 5km of tunnels by September, said the general manager of concessionaire Metro de Lima Línea 2, Carmen Deulofeu. The concessionaire is employing the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) instead of tunnel boring machines.

Work is moving along on line 2 with 300 employees in two shifts, 24 hours a day, with a maximum of 5,000 workers to be hired at the height of the project, Deulofeu told reporters in Lima. Line 2 is designed to withstand an earthquake of up to 9.0 on the Richter scale, she said. An 8.0 quake devastated half-a-dozen towns south of Lima in 2007, killing at least 600.

The 35km line, which will have 35 stations and carry 1mn passengers a day between the industrial district of Ate and Lima's port of Callao, is scheduled for completion by mid-2021.

Construction began in December 2014 after a consortium formed by Spain's ACS and FCC, Italian companies Salini Impregilo and AnsaldoBreda and Peru's Cosapi won the concession in March 2014.

While President Ollanta Humala's government has awarded a record US$20bn in public-private infrastructure concessions since 2011, tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure, mining and energy projects have been held up by permitting delays, according to industry associations such as Confiep and AFIN.


Source: BNamericas