Government wants to attract BRL 41 billion in infrastructure

After successfully auctioning 28 assets during so-called Infra Week in April, the federal government is preparing a new round of infrastructure asset concessions. Until now called “Infra Month” or “month of superconcessions”, the period between October and November should concentrate 20 auctions of concessions and port leases, in addition to the launch of two other notices of transfer of public property to the private sector.

With this, at least 41.3 billion reais of investment in transport infrastructure must be guaranteed, according to the federal government.

The auction schedule has not yet been confirmed, but is expected to start on October 29 with the concession of Via Dutra, a 625.8 km section of BR 116 and 101 that connects São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, and for which they are estimated at around R $ 14.8. billion euros of private investment. The original contract, signed in 1996, expired in March but was extended until February 2022 after the new auction was postponed amid the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The current concession, the largest in the country in terms of traffic volume, with the passage of 42,000 vehicles per day, has 402 km. The new 30-year contract provides for the construction of a new ascent track, with viaducts and tunnel, for the Serra das Araras section, in addition to additional tracks, marginal tracks, duplication of sections, tunnels, elevation crossing, footbridges and passages for wildlife.

The litigation will revolve around the hybrid competition model, in which a maximum rate and a ceiling for discounts are established. The winner of the auction is the one who offers the lowest cost to the user within the allowed limit, the value of the subsidy being used as a tiebreaker between the competitors.

Another road delivery, also with a hybrid model, concerns the 670.6 km section of BR 381 and 262 between Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, which is expected to attract an additional 7.2 billion reais. The contract, also for a period of 30 years, provides for 590.5 km of doubling, 131.3 km of secondary roads, 138.1 km of additional lanes, the construction of a 9.7 km bypass in the city of Manhuaçu (MG), in addition to 45 vertical crossroads, three tunnels and 50 footbridges.

The public notice for the concession of the section of BR 116 and 493 that connects Rio to Minas is also expected to be published, with a forecast to raise an additional 9.01 billion reais at an auction scheduled for early 2022. .

Ports: privatization and rental of 16 terminals

For the same period, the sale of the Companhia de Docas do Espírito Santo (Codesa), with the concession of the port of Vitória and the Barra do Riacho terminal, in Aracruz; and the rental of 16 other terminals, in the ports of Santana (AP), Mucuripe (CE), Salvador (BA), Santos (SP), Areia Branca (RN), Maceió (AL), Itaguaí (RJ), Imbituba ( SC), Porto Alegre (RS), Cabedelo (PB) and Paranaguá (PR), totaling more than 2.97 billion reais in contractual resources.

All deliveries will be the biggest port tender in the last 15 years, according to the Ministry of Infrastructure. Only the 25-year lease of the STS-08 and STS-08A terminals, at the port of Santos, for the handling of liquid bulk, provides for investments of around 1 billion reais. The area is currently operated by Transpetro, a subsidiary of Petrobras.

Railway: renewal of the South-East Regional Network contract

In the rail modal, the dossier intends to renew the contract for the South-East regional network, which links the states of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo with 1,643 km of railways. Signed in 1996, the current concession lasts until 2026 and should see its duration extended until 2056.

The new opinion provides for investments of R $ 15.9 billion over 30 years. Among the obligations is the expansion of modal, with increased capacity and performance improvements, in addition to compensation for communities that live with the railroad. A new matrix of sleepers, the modernization of locomotives and wagons, the purchase of equipment, among other measures are also planned.

In the same period between October and November, the Ministry of Infrastructure wants to launch the public notice for the concession of Ferrogrão, a new rail corridor that will connect Sinop (MT) to the banks of the Tapajós river, in Itaituba (PA), on 933 km. The idea is to create a railway line for the flow of cereals, especially soybeans and corn, from the Central West region through what is called the Arco Norte, in the Amazon.

Today this route is carried out by the BR-163, while more than 70% of the harvest of Mato Grosso is transported through the ports of Santos (SP) and Paranaguá (PR), more than two thousand kilometers from the ‘origin. The project foresees an initial investment of 8.4 billion reais, and the auction is expected to take place in early 2022.

São Gonçalo do Amarante Airport (RN) will be reissued

Finally, the contract for the extension, maintenance and operation of São Gonçalo do Amarante airport, in Rio Grande do Norte, with the prospect of raising an additional 295.8 million reais, must also be executed.

The equipment, located in the metropolitan area of ​​Natal, was the first in the country granted by Infraero to the private sector, at an auction held in 2011. The contract signed with the Argentinian-controlled concessionaire Inframérica, would have a duration of 28 years old. , but was unilaterally terminated by the company in March 2020, given the number of users far below expectations.

The government wants to end 2011 with 100 billion reais of investment under contract

With the new cycle, the government hopes to repeat the results of Infra Week, which, in three days, made 10 billion reais in investments for the sector and 3.56 billion reais in subsidies. The amount represents half of everything that was contracted in 2021, according to the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The government’s goal is to close 2021 with 100 billion reais of private investment under contract and 2022 with 250 billion reais, taking into account the period since the start of the current administration. Since 2019, 71 assets have been granted and 96 authorizations for the concession of terminals for private use, totaling more than 72 billion reais contracted.

For next year, the seventh round of concessions for the privatizations of airports and ports is planned, including the port of Santos, in addition to the Ferrogrão auctions and the concession of more than 12,000 kilometers of highways. According to the government, this program should bring in at least 146 billion reais in private investment in 2022.

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