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Brazil auctions concession of highway that transports 45 million tons of grains annually

Thursday, November 28th 2013 - 11:40 UTC
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Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht on Wednesday was awarded a 30-year concession to operate and maintain a stretch of the BR-163 federal highway, a major road in the western state of Mato Grosso, also known as 'soy road' because of the millions of tons of grains and oilseeds that are transported annually. Read full article


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  • GeoffWard2

    Any contracts to move transport infrastructure away from 3rd World is good.
    Let's hope that Odebrecht can operate without the stain of contract-corruption.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 06:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 1 GeoffWard2

    Or building the highway on poorly prepared subsoil leading to collapse: see the crane fatalities: it’s the same company.

    Nov 30th, 2013 - 03:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    To build major roads with compact sub-basement and basement, substantial surfacing, with attention to run-off and high fluvial flows off gradients such that wash-outs do not happen ... the ancient Romans were able to do it ...
    In Brasil, even the country's main motorway between Rio - SP - Campinas gets washed-out over hundreds of metres following 'tropical' rainstorms.

    The authorities know the technologies exist, they know which are the specialist (foreign) companies, they know the cost per metre, but they don't do it or learn the way to do it.

    Perhaps there would be insufficient in the pot to do it properly once the back-handers are distributed to all the politicians, etc.

    Nov 30th, 2013 - 06:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 3 GeoffWard2

    Brazil really has no future if this systemic theft, and seemingly acceptance of it by most people, is not stopped once and for all.

    But it will never happen in our lifetime, will it?

    Dec 01st, 2013 - 05:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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