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Pedro José Collado Gómez

COLOMBIA - Real Estate & Construction

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President, FCC Colombia


Pedro José Collado Gómez has a Civil Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He has been at FCC since 1999 and has fulfilled different responsibilities at the company. Before being the Country Manager for Colombia, he was the Construction Manager in Central America in charge of the Civil Works Department. Nowadays he is the responsible for business development and supervises construction projects.

"Land availability and land property are one of the main issues right now."

In what projects is FCC involved in throughout the country?

We have two projects; one is the new control tower for El Dorado International Airport and another building next to the tower, which is the Civil Aeronautics management building. The latter will control the airspace in Colombia along with another such center in Barranquilla. The control tower is a 90m high building, doubling the current size of the tower. Both projects are very important for the expansion of the airport. We expect to inaugurate the tower in November this year. The second project we currently handle is the flood control of the Bogotá River for the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cundinamarca. We dredged the river to an average of 2m and built a dike and small beach areas in order to control the growth of the rivers and avoid future floods. By doing this, we doubled the hydraulic capacity of the river from 100 cubic meters per second to 200 cubic meters per second. At the same time, this project also includes the development of natural areas along the river to compensate communities for the activity we currently carry out. This includes the plantation of over 100,000 trees. We are talking about a $60 million to $70 million of investment.

What is the importance of the fourth generation highway projects for Colombia?

Since October 2015, there have been almost 20 projects as part of the fourth generation tender waves and most of them need to be financially closed now. This is important also because, in a year’s time, the projects should be completed and the financial closing reassures parties of having the funding necessary for the construction of the project. This is a common situation and we have seen projects being postponed for five or even 10 years already. This is bad since the concessionaire also sees their terms postponed, and that limits part of the funding they counted on for the construction of the project.

What are some of the challenges the infrastructure development sector faces right now in Colombia?

Land availability and land property are one of the main issues right now. This also includes relationships with local communities and environmental licensing. At the same time, the country faces a challenge in terms of project and equity management. There should be a more common understanding of the importance of these projects, because the country needs them for its future development.

What are the main elements foreign companies should take into account when targeting projects in Colombia?

One of the main elements is to have foreign expertise in such projects, which FCC has with the main infrastructure projects we developed in Spain. Also, foreign companies require a local partner, a company that understands and knows the local market. In this context, it is very important to establish clear roles for both parties. Having said that, PPPs surely have great potential here and should be fully exploited.

What upcoming projects will FCC be participating in?

We will be actively participating in the Toyo Tunnel, the longest such infrastructure in the country at 9.8km, which has a budget of over COP1 billion. The expansion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Salitre is another project, which has a budget of more than $500 million. This project is publicly funded, the World Bank being one of the organizations backing it.

What is the strategic importance of Colombia for FCC?

Colombia is a strategic market for the company in the region and the target for the near future is to diversify its presence in the country. In this context, the infrastructure segment can be a vital sector for the company. FCC has shown its commitment toward Colombia. I think the arrival of Carlos Slim only reinforced this idea and strategy within the group. Carlos Slim can give the company the financial muscle we require to target the largest and most important projects in the region. This is a key region for FCC and Carlos Slim’s arrival just strengthens this idea. I foresee a rapid expansion of FCC in the region.

How do you see FCC developing in Colombia in the next couple of years?

We want to consolidate our activity here with the two projects I mentioned. We know that over 85% of the infrastructure projects here require joint ventures and PPPs, meaning basically private investment. Our consolidation will come with our increasing participation in several of these projects. There is the third wave of the fourth generation projects coming up soon and FCC will try to position itself as a key player for the development of some of these projects.



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