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Mexico compensates China for cancelling high-speed rail contract

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 07:21 UTC
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The deal was called off over controversy in the bidding process. Mexico re-launched the bid earlier this year, but that was cancelled for a second time. The deal was called off over controversy in the bidding process. Mexico re-launched the bid earlier this year, but that was cancelled for a second time.

Mexico will compensate China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) $1.31m for cancelling a $3.75bn high-speed rail contract. CRCC was at the head of a consortium that had won the project last year, which was abruptly revoked shortly after being awarded.

 The deal was called off over controversy in the bidding process. The Mexican government re-launched the bid earlier this year, but that was cancelled for a second time.

The second cancellation of the 130-mile rail link was blamed on budget cuts.

The Chinese rail firm gave Mexico's communications and transport ministry (SCT) a list of costs that it had incurred during the bidding process and had requested for compensation.

The ministry announced the amount to be paid to the firm last Friday.

If the deal had gone ahead, it would have resulted in Mexico becoming the first Latin American nation to have a bullet train after Brazil and Argentina had postponed their own rail projects.

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  • Chicureo

    Compensation well spent as the actual contract was full of graft.

    May 25th, 2015 - 05:23 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    Well, the Drug Lords will have to keep to the slow road now!

    May 25th, 2015 - 06:16 pm 0
  • Briton

    China,

    pay if you buy-pay if you don't=win win for china then.

    May 25th, 2015 - 07:20 pm 0
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