Tuesday, 02 May 2017 19:07

Corporación América project to resolve ‘Chile Axis bottleneck’

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As one of South America’s largest engineering projects, the Corredor Bioceanico Aconcagua will link trade between Brazil, Argentina and Chile through a train tunnel under the Andes, strengthening the region’s commercial ties.

The Corredor Bioceanico Aconcagua project, known as the CBA, is an Argentine private initiative charged with the construction and implementation of a state-of-the-art high-load-capacity railway network linking the Chilean Pacific ports with the Argentine, Uruguayan an Brazilian ports and hubs, which, on completion, will cement a new level of physical and commercial integration between the Southern Cone countries and the continent.

The initiative, presented by the Argentine holding Corporación América, aims to resolve the Mercosur – Chile Axis bottleneck – with the construction of a 205km multimodal rail corridor that includes a 52km base tunnel under the Andes. This new terrestrial pass will not only operate all year round, but it will also make significant savings in terms of costs and transit times.

The transit system, when in its final phase will carry up to 77 million tonnes of cargo per year, ranging from containers to trucks, will improve the crossing itself, and will also bolster the vast network of roads, rails and ports on both sides of the Andes.


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