The commuter train between Asunción, Luque and Ypacaraí comprises a 44-kilometer route fully electrified and several stations. Fepasa, the state owned rail operator of Paraguay, currently has a 30-year concession, which was signed in 2016. The agency needs to select a private partner that must invest to develop the transportation system.
As of March 2020, MOPC is preparing a new project to tender the commuter train between Asuncion and Ypacarai under a PPP.
In September 2019, The president of Fepasa abruptly cancelled the process of awarding the operation of the commuter rail train that began in 2018. Six consortiums had already presented their intention to invest in the design, financing, operation and maintenance of the Asuncion-Luque-Ypacarai line.
In December 2019, Consorcio Aeroparaguay--a JV of Brazilian firms Aeron SA and Queiroz Galvao--submitted an unsolicited proposal for an elevated rail project from Asuncion to Luque at a cost of US$270m.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cercanías Train reported that Korean consulting firm Pyungwha Engineering Consultant may invest up to USD$800,000 to carry out the feasibility study of the Cercanía Train Project (Asunción - Ypacaraí) in the first quarter of 2021. The Cercanía train seeks to connect Ypacaraí and Asunción, passing through Areguá and has future plans to include lines in Paraguarí, the Port area, and the Silvio Pettirossi airport.
The Korea Overseas Infrastructure Urban Development Corporation (KIND) will also join this study by delegating several technicians to evaluate the project from November 27 to December 6, 2020. After the Government had cut budgets due to the pandemic, Korea proposed to participate in funding the study. This study aims to determine the locomotive, characteristics of the train best suited, and technical characteristics including fare and financial aspects. A total investment of US$380 million dollars is estimated for the 44 km train and is expected to have 15 kilometers ready to be used 36 months after starting the work.
The six business groups from Paraguay Argentina, Korea, Spain, Bolivia, France, Spain, Panama and Russia that have expressed their interest in participating include:
-Group 1: Benito Roggio Hijos Argentina, Benito Roggio Hijos Transportation, Benito Roggio Hijos Paraguay, Hyundai Rotem (Korea)
-Group 2: Sacyr Concesiones SL (Spain), RENFE Operadora (Spain), Alstom (France)
-Group 3: Bombardier European Holding
-Group 4: Stadler Rail Valencia (Spain), Torres Cámara Obras (Spain), Tecnoedil Constructora (Paraguay), Ferroviaria Andina-FCA (Bolivia), Ferrocarrils Generalität Valenciana-FGV (Spain)
-Group 5: OHL Concesiones (Spain), OHL Construcciones (Spain), Sky Investment (Panama), Construction and Auxiliary of Railways-CAF (Spain)
-Group 6: THM Argentina of the CJSC Transmashholding group (Russia), RZD International LLC (Russia), AO Tsentralnaya PPK (Russia)
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