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Contractors Qualify for Buenos Aires

Dredging Contractors



Pre-Qualify



For Buenos Aires Project



Seven consortia have pre-qualified for a dredging project to create 60 hectares (148 acres) of land to expand the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The groups are:



N.V. Baggerwerken Decloedt en Zoon/Van Oord ACZ/Pagliettini/Sideco Americana/Dredging International N.V./Dumez GTM SA/Benito Roggio e Hijos SA;



Ballast Nedam Baggeren/Boskalis International BV/Constructora Norberto Odebrecht SA/SADE Ingeneiria y Construcciones SA;



HAM/Wayss Freytag AG/Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles SA/Ormas SAICIC;



Jan De Nul/Techint;



Impsa/China National Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering;



Aragon Construcciones SA/Ferrovial SA/Agroman SA/Blankevoort/China Harbour Engineering, Inc.;



Impregilo Spa/Iglys SA/Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company.



The winning contractor will build the new landfill, a project expected to take two years. The contract also includes a $240 million, 20-year concession to maintain the port and its 12-kilometer access channel, a minimum of $12 million per year.



Port Authority Undersecretary Jesus Gonzalez said that the tender is scheduled to be finalized in January, 2000, with the contract going to the lowest bidder. Construction is to begin in March.



The port is now processing more than one million containers a year, and expects to rise to 2.5 million within a decade. Goods shipped include grains, frozen fruit, automobiles, electronics and medical supplies. In 1998, the port handled $22 billion worth of goods.


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