Home Construction of the first private railroad is authorized by the Ministry of Infrastructure to Porto do Açu, in Rio de Janeiro, through the Pró-Trilhos program

Construction of the first private railroad is authorized by the Ministry of Infrastructure to Porto do Açu, in Rio de Janeiro, through the Pró-Trilhos program

31/01/2022 às 21:30
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Port of Açu authorized to build first private railroad | Image: Ministry of Infrastructure

The signing of the authorization contract for the construction of the private railroad that will connect Porto do Açu to the Rio de Janeiro municipality of São João da Barra took place this Monday (31) with the presence of President Jair Bolsonaro.

The contract signing ceremony that allows the start of the private railway was during the laying of the cornerstone for the start of construction of the GNA 2 thermoelectric plant, in the Porto do Açu complex, in São João da Barra, in the north of the State of Rio de Janeiro .

There will be 41 km of tracks built by the Port of Açu, with investments of R$ 610 million. The first private railroad will be a new route for the export of agricultural production and the flow of natural gas to the interior.

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, this first private railroad should generate 4,4 jobs and will have the capacity to transport 50 million tons per year, in addition to being able to connect Porto do Açu to the rail network in Brazil.

In addition to the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, and Bolsonaro, the Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque; the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Claudio Castro; and state authorities.

The railroad in Rio de Janeiro is the 22nd authorization contract formalized by the Federal Government since the creation of the program Railway Authorization Program (Pro Trilhos).

Pro Trilhos was created through the Provisional Measure No. 1.065/21, allowing free initiative in the railway market in the construction and renovations and operations of new railway lines, branches, yards and railway terminals.

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Future projects for new private railways in Brazil already add up to billions of reais

Adding up all the projects approved by the Federal government through Pro Trilhos, the values ​​already exceed R$ 102,85 billion in investments and 6.880,69 km of new rails in 14 states of Brazil. So far, the Ministry of Infrastructure has already received 79 requests through Pro Trilhos.

In all, 13 companies have already formulated and had their proposals authorized. The new trails must cross the territory of 14 Federation units, where they originate and end.

In addition to the private railway from Porto de Açu in Rio de Janeiro, authorized railways pass through São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Pará, Santa Catarina, Maranhão, Bahia, Pernambuco, Piauí, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás and Federal District.

Despite granting powers to the private initiative more quickly and with less bureaucracy, due to the modern permission model of the New Legal Framework for Railways, all projects, even those already authorized, undergo a documentation check and detailed analysis of the proposal.

The requirements are analyzed by the National Secretariat for Land Transport (SNTT) and the National Land Transport Agency (ANTT), which verify the convergence of the project with the implemented railway network, whether granted or authorized, and the compliance of the enterprise with public policies. sector and national transport.


Minister of Infrastructure congratulates investors in the railway sector

In his speech following the signing of the authorization contract for the Porto do açu private railway, Minister of Infrastructure Tarcísio de Freitas praised the venture's investors.

“Congratulations to our funders and our investor, and I do this by greeting the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, who are betting on this project. We have here a demonstration of confidence in Brazil. These first kilometers of railway that will start here, which will connect the port, or make the difference".

Tarcísio de Freitas – Minister of Infrastructure

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