A consortium comprised of Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) and ICA subsidiary Construcciones y Trituraciones has been awarded a US$85.8 million contract to build Mexico’s Canal General drainage tunnel, according to government procurement portal Compranet. Construction of the 5-mile (8km) tunnel across the Chalco valley will start on February 17 and wrap up in March 2017.
Six other consortiums also participated in the bidding process, including: Tradeco Infraestructura and Innovaciones Técnicas en Cimentación; La Peninsular Compañia Constructora and Alcance Total; Consorcio Corporativo de Construcción en México; Propiedades Inmobiliarias de México, Constructora Cota and Equiplan; Construcción y Filiales Mexicanas, Coconal and Jaguar Ingenieros Constructores; and Grupo Covasa and Constructora y Edificadora Gia+A.
ICA submitted the lowest bid at 1.14bn pesos (US$85.8 million), while Consorcio Corporativo de Construcción En México submitted the highest bid at 2.99bn pesos.
The tunnel forms part of a wider program to reduce the risk of flooding in the area and to rehabilitate the Tláhuac Xico lagoon through the construction of five wastewater treatment plants.
ICA and Construcciones y Trituraciones have experience building drainage tunnels in the capital, as both companies are part of the consortium building the 38-mile (62km) long Emisor Oriente stormwater drainage tunnel (TEO).