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Call for Studies for the 6th Round of Airport Concessions was disclosed by the Ministry of Infrastructure

18Mar2019Mar18,2019
Infrastructure and Energy; Aviation

The Civil Aviation Secretary – SAC of the Ministry of Infrastructure – disclosed notice for public call for studies No. 2/2019, seeking to receive, develop and compile projects, surveys, investigations and technical studies, to assist with the modeling of the 6th round of airport concessions, which includes 22 airports.

The 6th round of airport concession will occur in blocks, representing 22 airports, as follows:

South Block: Airports of (i) Curitiba (in the state of Paraná), (ii) Foz do Iguaçu (in the state of Paraná), (iii) Navegantes (in the state of Santa Catarina), (iv) Londrina (in the state of Paraná), (v) Joinville (in the state of Santa Catarina), (vi) Bacacheri (in the state of Paraná), (vii) Pelotas (in the state of Rio Grande do Sul), (viii) Uruguaiana (in the state of Rio Grande do Sul), and (ix) Bagé (in the state of Rio Grande do Sul).

North Block: (i) Manaus (in the state of Amazonas), (ii) Porto Velho (in the state of Rondônia), (iii) Rio Branco (in the state of Acre), (iv) Cruzeiro do Sul (in the state of Acre), (v) Tabatinga (in the state of Amazonas), (vi) Tefé (in the state of Amazonas) and (vii) Boa Vista (in the state of Roraima).

Central Block: (i) Goiânia (in the state of Goiás), (ii) São Luís (in the state of Maranhão), (iii) Teresina (in the state of Piauí), (iv) Palmas (in the state of Tocantins), (v) Petrolina (in the state of Pernambuco); and  (vi) Imperatriz (in the state of Maranhão).

Any individual or private entity is eligible to submit studies. For the development of projects, surveys, investigations and technical studies, it is necessary to submit a request for authorization.

The request for authorization must be submitted to the Civil Aviation Secretary – SAC of the Ministry of Infrastructure – within thirty days from the date of the notice for public call for studies, that is, on April 17, 2019. It must contain the following information: (i) complete qualification of the interested party; (ii) indication of which blocks the applicant intends to study; (iii) demonstration of prior experience of the interested party in projects similar to the one requested; (iv) detail of the activities that it intends to carry out and a schedule for completion of each phase of the project and the final date for the delivery of the works; (v) express indication of the intended amount of compensation, including information that details the basis for calculation of the compensation; and (vi) a declaration transferring the rights associated with the selected projects, surveys, investigations and technical studies to the government.

In addition to the requirements listed above, in order to obtain the authorization for the studies it is required a declaration that the studies, if chosen by the Selection Commission, invalidates the direct or indirect participation of the interested party on a future bidding process. In order words, if the Selection Commission chooses a certain study, the winning party will not be able to compete in a future bid of the block subject to that study.

The period to submit the studies ends in one hundred and fifty days from the date of publication of the authorization, as stated in item No. 9.1 from the public call for studies, However, the Ministry of Infrastructure, based on justified grounds, may extend this period.

According to the item No. 6 of the public call, the projects, surveys, investigations and technical studies regarding the public call must contain the following topics for each airport:

  1. Market studies;

  2. Engineering studies and related information;

  3. Environmental studies and;

  4. Economic and financial assessment.

The maximum nominal amount of compensation is of BRL 34.369.576, 00 (thirty four millions, three hundred and sixty nine thousand and five hundred and seventy six reais) for the South Block, BRL 27.170.746, 00 (twenty seven millions, one hundred and seventy thousand and seven hundred and fourty six reais) for the North Block and BRL 25.268.706, 00 (twenty five millions, two hundred and sixty eight thousand and seven hundred and six reais) for the Central Block.

The Ministry of Infrastructure published an article on the public call for studies, which can be accessed by clicking here.

The public notice was published on the Official Gazette on March 18, 2019 and it can be accessed by clicking here.

The public notice for the concession of the airports, containing the concession terms, values and other information will be published in the future and it will be based on studies presented by the interested parties, according to the public call for studies. There is no estimated date for the publication of the public notice for the concession, which must be submitted to the Federal Court of Auditors (Tribunal de Contas da União – TCU) for approval. 

For additional information regarding the next steps for the bid or consultancy on the ongoing concession proceedings, please contact our partners in the infrastructure and aviation teams.

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