Minister presents study for privatization of the Ferroeste railwayMay, 18, 2021 Posted by Ruth Hollard
This Tuesday, May 18, the Ministry of Infrastructure presented the technical-economic feasibility study for the privatization of the Paraná Oeste Railway, better known as “Ferroeste.”
The event was attended by the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio de Freitas, the governor of Paraná, Ratinho Júnior, and the governor of Mato Grosso do Sul, Reinaldo Azambuja. The two states are among those that will benefit most from the two developments since a good part of the agricultural production in MS can be transported by rail to the Port of Paranaguá. In the operating stretch of the railroad, the most transported products are grains, containers, and cement.
Ferroeste will connect the cities of Paraná, Guarapuava, and Cascavel. It is expected that the railway will eventually continue to the city of Dourados, in Mato Grosso do Sul (MS). According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, R$ 8 billion in investments are expected.
Tarcísio de Freitas defended the advance of the railroad to Mato Grosso do Sul, which, according to him, “will umbilically link” the state with the Port of Paranaguá. “I am sure that we will also be transporting cargo from Paraguay in the future,” said the minister.
The Minister of Infrastructure pointed out that the “main challenge” for the railway is speeding up the process that will culminate in the railway auction.
Another challenge is related to the railway’s Serra do Mar descent. “One thing that has to be very well evaluated is the issue of the gauge because today we have a railway that operates on the metric gauge. The migration from the metric gauge to the mixed gauge has to be very well thought out. People we’ve been talking to have talked about changing the superstructure to transport more load per axle.”
Source: Agência Brasil
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