Infrastructure Opportunities in Chile

by Virginia Fairweather, Editor in Chief; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 4, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


Chile has a stable government and a flourishing economy. The nation needs a drastic infrastructure upgrade to continue that prosperity. Capital is short, and the country is embarking on an ambitious infrastructure privatization program. Concessions are available in the highway, airport, sanitary, rail and seaport sectors. The Ministry of Public Works awarded eight highway concessions and two airport concessions in 1996, and expects to award another ten in 1997. The concessions in the highway and airport areas are expected to be over $3 billion, and in the sanitary sector at least the same amount. Rail and seaport concessions will be about $500 million each. Participants in the program talk about their experiences and executives form U.S. firms based in Chile tell what they think of the program, and whether they will seek out concession. General opportunities for design and construction in Chile are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Infrastructure | Highways and roads | Airports and airfields | Rail transportation | Ports and harbors | Privatization | Chile | South America

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