Project Plan for a Rail Tunnel through the Andes

Argentina/Chile. The Bioceánico Aconcagua Consortium has presented Argentina and Chile with the draft for building a roughly 52 km long rail Base Tunnel through the Andes, devised to make rail transportation between the two countries more efficient thanks to the direct route. The Consortium is made up of the companies Corpación América (Argentina), Empresas Navieras S.A. (Chile), Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan), Geodata (Italy) and Contreras Hermanos (Argentina). Amberg Engineering, Madrid, will accompany the infrastructure project. The Bioceánico Aconcagua Tunnel is scheduled to become operational in 2020 and will initially carry 13 million t of goods with a capacity limit of 24 million t/a during its first operational phase.

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