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The Antofagasta Highways - links the country
Skanska's work on the Antofagasta Highways PPP in Chile will bring economic development by creating better links between the country's mining district and its ports.
The project, located in the mining district in northern Chile, will comprise approximately 120 km of new lanes, upgrading of about 200 km of lanes as well as service roads and intersections. Project scope also includes electric works and landscaping.
Skanska is responsible for the development, investment and management of the project for a period of 20 years.
- Opens up Chile's mining region to greater commercialization with a much improved and safer route between mines and ports
- 700 jobs, 1450 at the peak
Servicio: Public Private Partnerships, Construction, Operations & Maintenance
Market segment: Roads
The right of way for new construction includes the location of memorials to individuals who were killed in past traffic accidents. The memorials are revered by the families and community, and extreme care and consideration was shown during the relocation process. The concessionaire liaised with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Antofagasta for an appropriate manner with which to treat the sites, and in some cases memorial ceremonies were conducted to ease the transition.
The terrain has created some challenges. Much of the road is in the middle of the Atacama desert, the driest in the world (raining is in average 5 mm per year). So while it's a very stable, well-known environment for us to build in, we have had some issues determining how to reduce the drinkable water needed and use of sea water or craw water on site to build the road.
Skanska has also designed a green building for the SPC (Special Purpose Company), which let us to reduce energy consumption (less CO2 in the environment) and use of grey water for watering green areas.
Skanska ownership: 50%
Investment Fund Las Americas ownership: 50%