Interoceanic Train Project Proposed Extending from Peru to Brazil
An interoceanic train project connecting the Pacific coast from the port of Ilo in Peru to the Santos port in Brazil on the Atlantic coast was presented at an infrastructure event organized by the Swiss embassy.
The almost 4,000-kilometer railway would attempt to boost exports to Asian countries and the interior of the region. It is estimated that it will transport 10 million tons of merchandise and six million passengers annually, Molinari Rail’s CEO Michele Molinari said.
Both Peru and Switzerland have very similar geographic locations with the Andes mountain range on the Peruvian side and the Swiss Alps in Switzerland. This, in turn, would help Swiss companies who have expertise based on similar projects in the past to win bids to construct any train system that would have to pass through such a vast mountainous region.
At the event, companies presented ideas to create systems that would protect against landslides, a major security concern in Peru, as well as new techniques to construct more efficient dam systems.