Call for tenders from the Punta Arenas International Antarctic Center scheduled for February – MercoPress
Call for tenders from the International Antarctic Center of Punta Arenas scheduled for next February
The conditions and the tender process for the construction of the International Antarctic Center in Punta Arenas should be ready before the end of the current government of President Sebastián Piñera, according to the governor of Magallanes Jorge Flies and Jennifer Rogers, delegate presidential election for the region.
The center to be built in Punta Arenasa, Bahía Catalina, next to the Punta Arenas free zone and the road leading to the airport, will require an investment of some US $ 85 million to be financed by Special Plan funds. for the development of Extreme Zones. The construction time has been estimated at a maximum of three years from October 2020, as agreed during a meeting between local and Santiago officials.
The main building will have 21,331 square meters in three apartments with on the ground floor an open space for the exhibition of the flora and fauna of Antarctica, while the others will house research laboratories, cold storage, library and conference room.
“We plan to announce the tender process next February, we have the green light from Santiago and the Ministry of Public Works,” said Governor Flies. “It will most likely be an international event, inviting foreign companies to form consortia with Chilean companies to bid for the construction of the project,” he added, stressing that there is an interest in developing the maritime ramifications of the complex.
Flies also stressed that the Center will be built where the original technical and topographical studies were made, as it is the best for the iconographic recovery of the region.
Presidential Delegate Jennifer Rojas finally pointed out that Governor Flies is not only fully dedicated to the project, but has also committed matching funds for the International Center.