UPDATE 2-Mexico's ICA to bid to build 3 runways at new $13 bln airport - sources

viernes 14 de agosto de 2015 18:16 GYT

(Updates with Caisse CEO comments)

By Alexandra Alper

MEXICO CITY Aug 14 (Reuters) - Mexico's top builder, ICA , is planning to bid for a contract to build three runways for a new $13 billion airport for Mexico City, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

The new airport project is aimed at eventually turning Mexico City into a major regional air hub with six runways serving up to 120 million passengers a year.

ICA Chief Executive Officer Alonso Quintana was not immediately available for comment.

One of the sources said that ICA would "most likely" bid alone for the runway construction job, but added that the company was seeking consortium partners for other airport-related tenders.

Tenders for project infrastructure are on track to start in September, after Mexico said last month it was seeking some $6 billion in bids from contractors to build the airport.

Last September, Mexico's government unveiled the winning design by British architect Norman Foster for a futuristic airport nestled in the northeastern part of the capital that will ease delays and boost traffic.

A source told Reuters earlier this week that 70 percent of the project could be funded by private investors, up from an original estimate of just 42 percent, as weak oil production has hit Mexico's public finances.   Continuación...