AP – When the U.S. government backed construction of a new hydroelectric plant in southwestern Mexico, residents rose up and defeated a three-year, $30 million project supported by the little-known Overseas Private Investment Corp.
The fight opened a window into the impacts that residents sometimes encounter in developments backed by OPIC, a U.S. government agency with a low profile but global mission.
El Economista – The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) postponed the publication of the new call for tender for the development of high speed train (TGV) Mexico-Queretaro (scheduled for today), to have more time to analyze comments that have been received from companies interested in the pre bases and “strengthen” the process.
Sentido Comun – Airport Group of Mexico City, the state company that currently manages the Mexico City airport, won the contract to take charge of the new terminal that is due to be built on land near the existing airport.
Reuters – Mexico’s government said it would heed most of the recommendations from the country’s antitrust watchdog which had warned some aspects of a new tender to build a high-speed train system.
Milenio – The tender for the high-speed Mexico-Queretaro train will be a success if wo to three companies enter the bidding said Secretary of Communications and Transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza. He said few companies have the technology to build high-speed trains.
Telesur -Mexico’s supreme court has deemed legal water concession titles granted by the federal and Sonora state governments to pump up to 75 million cubic meters of water via the Polemic Independent aqueduct from the state’s coveted Yaqui River to the city of Hermosillo.
Sentido Comun – President Enrique Peña Nieto announced several measures to accelerate the construction and sale of homes in the country, including tax incentives for development companies and subsidies for mortgage loans.
The government wants to trigger investments of nearly 370 billion pesos ($25 billion) this year to build at least half a million homes, that could benefit 2.5 million or more Mexicans.
Chicago Sun Times – AT&T on Tuesday unveiled unlimited calling from the U.S. to Mexico. The wireless provider said its AT&T World Connect Value package now features unlimited calls to any number in Mexico, including mobile numbers, for no additional charge. The package costs $5 a month per line.
South China Morning Post – Mexico has begun accepting new bids on a multibillion-dollar high-speed rail project, two months after the construction deal with a Chinese-led consortium was abruptly cancelled amid allegations of favoritism.
But the China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) looks poised to clinch the contract again, even after its original winning bid was revoked, say sources with knowledge of the bidding.
AP – Mexico began accepting new bids on a multibillion-dollar high-speed rail project Wednesday, two months after the concession was abruptly canceled amid allegations of favoritism.
EFE – The consortium led by the Dutch Netherlands Airport Consultants has performed the final design of runways, shooting, platforms, navigation aids and other facilities for the new International Airport of Mexico City.
Reuters – Mexican construction company ICA said on it has won a public contract to build a 3.99 billion peso ($272.88 million) dam for Mexico’s federal water commission in Sinaloa.
Sentido Comun -Pinfra, a construction and project manager infrastructure company, announced the opening of the Tlaxcala-Puebla highway after investing 800 million pesos ($54.7 million).
The Yucatan Times – A new pipeline will soon carry natural gas from fields in the Gulf of Mexico to shipping yards along the Pacific Ocean. Construction of a fleet of ships for the project has begun.
Washington Post – Mexico will publish preliminary terms on Jan. 14 for a $3.75 billion high-speed train contract that was abruptly canceled in November. The single-bid deal was revoked shortly before disclosures that the Mexican president’s wife was acquiring a luxury home from a Mexican company that was part of the winning consortium.
El Siglo de Torreon – Group Higa has informed the government that it will not participate in the tender to build a bullet train between Mexico City and Queretaro, Its two other Mexican partners in the bid that was canceled when questions were raised about inappropriate gifts also will not participate.
De Zeen – Chicago firm JAHN and Mexican office ADG have teamed up to design a stadium for Mexican baseball team Los Diablos Rojos with a pointed roof modelled on a devil’s trident.
EFE – Mexico City’s Metro system will be expanded by 45 kilometers (about 28 miles) in different areas of downtown, with work on the project expected to start in 2018.