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ACCIONA awarded contract to widen one of Mexico’s main highways

01/30/2017
  • Federal Highway 15 connects Mexico City with the State of Sonora, up to the United States border
  • The project is worth 938 million Mexican pesos (about €42 million)

ACCIONA, through ACCIONA Construction, will widen and modernise part of Federal Highway 15, which links Mexico City with the State of Sonora on the northwest border with the United States.

Federal Highway 15 is part of the land-based trade corridor between Mexico, the United States and Canada, making it one of the most important highways in the country. The widening and improvement works will boost the region’s competitiveness and facilitate exports. They will also benefit highway safety and comfort and improve medium and long-haul traffic in the region by reducing journey times.

The project, which ACCIONA Construction will carry out for the Mexican Government’s Communications and Transportation Secretariat (SCT), will cost 938 million Mexican pesos (about €42 million at current exchange rates) and involves around 30 km of highway between Ciudad Obregón and Guaymas.

Once the project is completed, the highway will have two 3.5 metre lanes in each direction.

This contract comes in the wake of another project recently signed by ACCIONA to construct the terminal of Mexico City’s new international airport for 84.828 billion pesos (about €3.7 billion at current exchange rates).

On 6 January, Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México (GACM) awarded the construction of the terminal building for Mexico City’s new international airport to a consortium consisting of the Spanish companies ACCIONA Infrastructure and FCC and the Mexican firms Grupo Carso, GIA, Prodemex, La Peninsular and ICA. The consortium submitted the best technical and financial proposal of the three tenders and will now construct the four-storey, 743,000m2 terminal building. Its structure will primarily consist of steel, concrete, aluminium and glass, with the same materials used for the mesh, shell and finishes. The terminal will include 94 contact positions (direct access to aircraft from the terminal) and 42 remote boarding gates (indirect access).

The project was designed by the architecture firms of Norman Foster and Fernando Romero. Construction of the new terminal will include specific features to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum certification for sustainability.

The Federal 15 road’s expansion, in #Mexico, will help increase the competitiveness of the region

Forty years of experience

ACCIONA opened its first office in Mexico, belonging to the Infrastructure division, in 1978. Today, the country is ACCIONA’s only market outside of Spain in which the company has major projects across all its business areas: infrastructure (Construction, Water, Industrial and Services), renewable energy and other businesses, including real estate (through its real estate company ACCIONA Parque Reforma).

The Mexican government’s Department of Highways has relied on the experience of ACCIONA Construction of implementing transport routes in a country where the company has major projects, such as the Jala-Puerto Vallarta highway, a key project in the Mexican Pacific region that is currently under construction and which will help to boost tourism in the area.

ACCIONA has developed more than ten highway projects in Mexico, including roads, bridges, interchanges and intersections, including the Acapulco and Villahermosa ring roads, which help to relieve traffic congestion in the urban areas of ​​both cities, and the interchanges for Ixtapaluca and Toluca International Airport, both in the State of Mexico.

In 2016 the industrial division of ACCIONA Infraestructuras México was selected by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to design and build a 117 km power grid to transmit the power generated by the Empalme II combined cycle plant to the States of Sonora and Sinaloa. The project, worth US$ 90 million (€85 million), is the first power grid construction project awarded to ACCIONA by the CFE in Mexico. It will be designed and constructed by the ACCIONA Group companies Instalaciones México, ACCIONA Engineering and ACCIONA Industrial.

The Atotonilco wastewater treatment plant was commissioned in November 2015. It is one of the most significant projects in the Mexico Valley Basin Water Sustainability Programme and the largest water treatment plant in the world. It will treat wastewater from an equivalent population of more than 10 million in Mexico City. The plant is equipped with a cogeneration system to ensure maximum energy savings.

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