Odebrecht Investimentos em Infraestrutura recently won the contract for the construction and concession of Sector 2 of Rota do Sol in Colombia, which will unite Bogotá with the Caribbean coast. It is the company’s first project in the country since 2002.

Rota do Sol, one of Colombia’s most important infrastructure and engineering works over recent years, will extend approximately 1,000 kilometers and receive investments of approximately US$ 2.5 billion. The investment under the responsibility of Concessionária Rota do Sol S.A.S., led by Odebrecht and also including the Colombian companies Corficolombiana and Solarte, involves some US$ 1 billion.

Sector 2, considered the most important and extensive of Rota do Sol, goes from Puerto Salgar to San Roque and extends 528 kilometers. The start of construction, led by Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, is set to begin in 2011, and should be completed within five years. The concession period is 15 years.

Rota do Sol involves the expansion and construction of a stretch in rural Colombia, starting in the municipality of Villeta (80 kilometers to the Northwest of Bogotá). It will traverse eight departments and 39 municipalities in the country, which represent 26.1% of the national GDP and 30% of the population.

The development will strengthen the country’s competitiveness in the international market and promote the improvement of access ways in the country’s rural region to the ports of Cartagena, Santa Marta and Barranquilla, representing 52% of Colombia's port activity.

The development was divided into three lots:

Odebrecht in Colombia

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht began operating in the country in 1992. Over the two following years, it was responsible for the British Petroleum Oil Pumping Stations, and from 1994 to 1995, it led the Drummond Carbon Port project.

In 1993, the company won the bidding process to construct the La Loma-Santa Marta Railroad. The project involved the reconstruction of 223 kilometers of the national railroad network, including the design, manufacturing, assembly and start-up of the entire superstructure. The project also included sign and control communication systems, as well as the replacement of all the existing storm drains and restoration of the landfills. The work was completed in 1999.

In 1997, the company assumed the Termoemcali Thermoelectric Power Plant project. During the same year, it was also responsible for the Transmethane Gas Pipeline and the Cañaveralejo and Salitre Wastewater Treatment Plants.

The Cañaveralejo Wastewater Treatment Plant project in Cali was completed in 2002. Odebrecht’s work involved the construction, supply and assembly of equipment, as well as the tests and operation of the plant. The project also involved the construction of administrative and service buildings.

Still in 1997, the company assumed the Miel I Hydroelectric Power Plant in Caldas. Constructed with roller-compacted concrete, Miel I is the highest dam in the world of its type. Its dam is 192 meters high and 354 meters long. With three turbines, the plant has the power to generate 375 MW of energy. The construction work was completed in 2002.