The Spanish railway operator Renfe, publicly owned, in consortium with the engineering company Ineco – also state-owned – and the German DB Engineering & Consulting, has been awarded a contract to provide service for three years to the development of the Mayan Train in Mexico for 13.5 million euros. The group will act as a kind of operator in the shadow of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur, dependent on the Mexican Executive) – the contracting entity – in the implementation of the project, as reported this Friday by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Agenda Urban Spanish.
Among the tasks to be carried out within the framework of this contract is the advice on the future operation and the supervision of the manufacturing, delivery and commissioning of the rolling stock, as well as the rest of the project systems, until the testing period of the project begins. commercial service. Renfe received an invitation to participate in this contest.
The Mayan Train is the star bet in infrastructure of the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has just completed two years as president of the North American country, and plans a rail transport system for both passengers and goods in the Yucatán peninsula (southeast) . In a first phase it will connect the stations of Palenque and Cancún, in a second it will connect Cancún and Escárcega to add a total length of 1,525 kilometers.
The total cost of the project is about 6,500 million euros to change. Fonatur’s commitment is to have the first section of the project working by 2023.
One more step in diversification
The contract obtained for the Mexican development strengthens one of Renfe’s great objectives for the future: entering new markets to continue advancing in its internationalization process, one of the basic pillars of its strategic plan, after its participation in Saudi Arabia and U.S.
The three companies that make up this consortium have also come together to participate in the development of Rail Baltica, which will connect Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania through 870 kilometers of High Speed from the year 2026.
Recently, the union of Renfe, Ineco and DB has been finalist to participate as an operator in the shadow of this project in the Baltic countries, against the public operators of France and Italy, SNCF and Ferrovie dello Stato, respectively, which were will have to face. The total investment will be 5.8 billion euros, co-financed by the European Union. So far, numerous contracts have been awarded for the design phase of the project, with a significant presence of Spanish engineering firms such as Idom, Prointec, Ardanuy and Ineco, the latter company that has already won four contracts in the project.
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