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Argentina/Chile working on tunnel under the Andes linking the Atlantic and Pacific

Wednesday, October 17th 2012 - 17:00 UTC
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By 2022 if all works out as planned the Aconcagua Bi-Oceanic corridor should link the Atlantic with the Pacific coast of South America facilitating trade and business opportunities. Read full article

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  • yankeeboy

    I wonder if they'll link-in the bullet train Nestor announced a decade ago?
    It must be done by now...

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 05:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    This must be up there with their hydro dams as well. I laugh at anyone that goes into a money partnership deal with cuntina, their integrity to honor contracts is up there with Aesop's scorpion from the scorpion and the frog.

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 05:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    I think people now day rather deal with Argentina then deal with terrorists who not only will theft your money as they did with Libya but also theft sail boats oil and any other resources they can grab. I am much more interested in montsanto tax evasion outcome then any of this news.

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 05:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    The article fails to mention the work currently being done at Aguas Negras, which will connect Mendoza to the port of Coquimbo.

    Theoretically such infrastruction projects should reduce freight prices, but those gains can then easily be lost to protectionist measures at the border.

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 05:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Well, allegedly, it's being driven by a rich Argentine (of Armenian descent), with a penchant for grave stones. So that’s alright then.

    Mind you if Chile do get involved with this fantastical project they need to have their money in an escrow account before anything else. I would also build in explosive charges at the border (under the mountain) to stop any future Argentine invasion.

    But we all know one thing, do we not: SAYING IT ISN’T DOING IT!

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 05:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ayayay

    It's an enviro friendly electric tunnel train with no emissions. and no assistance from the Arg gov, reportedly, it's a private adventure!

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 06:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Well Chris, that magic word....escrow just flushed the deal. That means “upfront” money for the argies, they prefer credit. It's easier to screw partners that way.

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 06:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    Poppy
    With all respect, you lot don't classify as partners and you might be screwed for sports...

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 06:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    pirate hunter.....alex vargas and gizz in a typical day getting ready and working himself up to blog:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8ch4rsMmZI

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 06:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    Argentina 2, brichileans 0
    Como te quedó el ojo mr brit..??? Cry us a river then go back to licking Chiles cojones we like watching english people do tricks for our entertainment. Everyday UK and US civilians work up a show for us almost like Hollywood. But the rest of us know none of it is real, I wonder if they know, shhhhhhhhhh let's wait and see if they ever come down from cloud nine. If not just keep cknocking them down, you know what they say the higher they go the harder the fall.
    http://www.gregpalast.com/the-globalizer-who-came-in-from-the-cold/

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 07:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ProRG_American

    This project is well under way. It will replace the existing old diesel rail line damaged by a landslide and general Madman Pinochios dismanteling on the Chilean side. It will do eliminate the problem of traffic blockage during periods of heavy snow. It will increase commerce and contribute to the onging irreversible process of integration between the peoples of Chile and Argentina. Good for Mercosur and Unasur. Much to the disgust of some.

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 07:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CR

    mmmmmmmmmmmm
    This ARGIE has everything I like...
    good looks...
    good grooming
    very sexy looking man!

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 07:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    “The Argentine company leads a consortium that proposed the project, and both governments have committed to it as a matter of “national interest,”

    I can imagine the headline in maybe a year a half from now.........

    ”Tunnel venture collapses due to lack of funds. wherebouts of the board members still a mystery“

    LOL!!

    If you are looking for a business partner in Argentina... Look in Brazil, at best, this is just another agreement for the Argentines to sign and then ignore. Poor Chile will reach the half way point and then be stuck there waiting for the next 20 years for the Argentines to complete ”their bit“ which will be, by that time, rife with corruption, massively overbudget and way, way behind schedule.

    Maybe I'm being too hard on poor widdle Argentina, I'm sure this joint venture will prove to be a successfully one and this project will get seen through to fruition........ right up to the point where the Argentine government ”siezes“ it for some trumped up charge of ”underfunding”.......... LOL!!!

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 09:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ProRG_American

    Stop throwing darts at Mr. Eukmekian. He is one of Latin Americas most succesfull business men. One who opted to bet on Argentina instead of putting his money in foreign banks or wall street to be robbed by unscrupulous investors. He is the concessioneer of over 2 dozen Argentine airports, as well as that for Yerevan in his family's native Armenia. He has dozens of other business ventures near and far.
    If there is any businessman that will see a deal through, it's this man.

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 09:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    when you say, connecting the two oceans,
    do you mean a tunnel that has water running through it,
    like the panama canal.
    now that joins two oceans together.

    or do you mean a tunnel, that mearly connects two countries together, that actualy stops before it his the sea, as choo,, choo, trains cannot swim......

    just a thought.

    Oct 17th, 2012 - 11:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Seems Mr. Eukmekian was fucked whether he put his money in an RG bank or invested in a fictitious tunnel.

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 12:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    1 yankeeboy Fred
    Do you have any bullet trains in US?

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 01:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    17 Marcos Alejandro

    Do you have any bullet trains in Argentina?

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 06:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Argentina/Chile working on tunnel under the Andes linking the Atlantic and Pacific

    anwser the question, and stop changing the subject.

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 10:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1 & 2 Surely the important thing here is for Chile to ensure that holds the whip hand! Is there not a problem with the way that argieland deals with Uruguay over dredging the channels to Uruguayan ports? Do I recall a problem with argieland wanting to interfere with a pipeline? Can Chile demand that argieland pays massive indemnities against any failure of the link? Say 500 billion dollars? Deposited, in cash, somewhere in Chile so that the Chilean government has ready access to cash to help out with the expected argie cock-ups? Hopefully, there will be no argies amongst the people digging the tunnels or laying the railways. If there are, we can look forward to tunnels collapsing, trains crashing. On the bright side, perhaps CFK could be the first to travel through!
    @11 Oh no. We'd like to see you succeed at something.....someday, preferably without cheating, lying, stealing or killing anybody. When shall we say? 2512?
    @14 Going to be digging the tunnels and laying the track himself then, is he? Watch for the strikes and other industrial action when the workers (a rare breed in argieland) find out how much they are not getting paid for risking their lives. What's the going rate? 10 pesos a day? Or are they going to insist on US dollars?

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 11:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    With the money of oil, perhaps you can make a tunnel to Africa, to buy the bananas for your fruit salad. Think it.

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 12:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    why dig a 4,000 mile tunnel to africa to bay a banana,

    whenyou can just nip to the local shop.

    you must be made of money .lol.

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    At the airport they have a miniature working rail display along with a video showing the project. The revolutionary tunnel makes very good sense and will create billions of dollars of trade opportunities/efficiencies for South American trade. The environment-jobs creation-economy are ALL positive.

    Therefore, Argentina will drag this out, with countless demands and concessions and will force additional new extortions after the agreements are signed that will cause it to be delayed until 2040. Sort of reason that the country does not progress.

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 02:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    By 2015 Cristina will not be in power. I want to be a country like Brasil, not like Venezuela.
    And like Lula said democracy is alternance in power.
    We must learn and build for the future the way for a better democracy.
    Eurnekian is good serious empresario. Not like the corrupts in gov. (Boudou for ex, with Ciccone)

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 03:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Lula said democracy is alternance in power? I actually like that.

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 03:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @24 You'll never be a country. You are just a cheating, lying, thieving, rebel Spanish colony. You'll never be anything better. You have so much to make up for. 200 years of lies, 255 British servicemen, 3 Falkland Islanders. Waste of UN time. False membership of the UN. Genocide. Murder. Rape. Theft.

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 05:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • IsoldedePavo

    @26 Conqueror?Captain PUP
    Please, tell everyone that we are married...yes, please...I need you...please...

    Oct 18th, 2012 - 08:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ayayay

    You can't tell one is Brit & one is East Coast American?

    Oct 19th, 2012 - 05:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @27Haloo Soozy-woozy,
    you should be dePato, not dePavo.

    Oct 19th, 2012 - 10:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Conqueror........no wedding annoucements? lol J/K

    Oct 19th, 2012 - 12:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    29 lsolde

    Well she quacks like one and she probably walks like one!

    LOL

    Oct 19th, 2012 - 04:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    And she faithfully lays her eggs too

    Oct 19th, 2012 - 06:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @5 Chris

    Well I for one, am impressed by Eduardo Eurnekian, successful entrepreneur and man of some integrity, it seems:

    ... helped finance the Argentine memorial in the Falkland Islands which holds the remains of Argentine combatants killed during the ground and air battles in the Islands during the 74-day conflict of 1982 following the Argentine invasion.

    I don't know if his partners are reliable, though. :-(

    Oct 20th, 2012 - 06:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I figure he is only the figure head (see what I did there?) LOL

    Oct 20th, 2012 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Isolde

    @31 ChrisR,
    I'm reliably informed that she looks like one too!
    Poor duck, to have such a comparison.

    Oct 21st, 2012 - 07:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    Isolde
    I'm starting to think you share birthday with CFK, and nature hasn't been fair in its distribution :))))

    Oct 21st, 2012 - 10:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @36 Guzz,
    When is her birthday?
    Nature probably hasn't been fair, she is downright oogly.
    l can't judge myself of course, but l think that l'd pass muster.

    Oct 21st, 2012 - 10:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    I could undertand you if you'd had a go at her politics, ideology or methods, but you seem preoccupied with her looks....

    Oct 21st, 2012 - 11:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    You were the one who brought it up.
    l couldn't care less about her.
    To me, she is a non-person, as you are.

    Oct 22nd, 2012 - 11:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    I find you very interesting though... ageless in some sense... Is that like being a non-person?

    Oct 22nd, 2012 - 11:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    39 lsolde

    I would be vary careful at this point.

    Guzz is trying to court you: perhaps he wants to usurp 'I Don't Think' in your affections. :o)

    Oct 22nd, 2012 - 02:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @41 ChrisR,
    I think you are right about Guzz,(who may well BE Think, for all we know).
    l enjoy sparring with Think, but thats all that is in it.
    Anyway sr Think has told me that l'm too young for him, :-)))))))))

    Oct 23rd, 2012 - 10:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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