JERUSALEM, July 30 (Reuters) - Shikun & Binui, Israel's largest construction group, won a deal to carry out a $550 million road project to improve and extend a highway in Bogota, the company's first large-scale project in Colombia.
As a member of the international consortium that won the tender, Shikun & Binui will build and operate a section of the toll highway for 25 years, it said on Wednesday. The work will include expansion of an existing highway and the paving of a new segment spanning 154 kilometers (96 miles).
Shikun & Binui holds 37.5 percent in the consortium, while one of its subsidiaries, Shikun & Binui SBI, will take on a share of the project's construction and operation.
The new project in Colombia will join an orders backlog totaling more than $3 billion, of which nearly $2.2 billion relates to projects outside of Israel, it said.
Shikun & Binui is controlled by the Arison Group, the investment arm of billionaire Shari Arison. Its shares were up 0.4 percent in morning trade in Tel Aviv. (Reporting by Steven Scheer)