Lisbon, Portugal, 15 Sept – Portuguese company Martifer has been chosen by Brazilian consortium Odebrecht/OAS to build the metal structures of the Fonte Nova soccer stadium in Salvador da Bahia, the chairman of the company told Portuguese financial daily Diário Económico.
The project, worth 15 million euros, is expected to be concluded in September 2012 and Fonte Nova is one of the 12 soccer stadiums that Brazil is building for the world cup in 2014.
The experience that the Portuguese company gained by building the metal structures of five of the stadiums for the 2004 European Cup (Euro 2004), which was held in Portugal, as well as the Polish stadium it is helping to build for Euro 2012, was a determining factor in the Brazilian consortium’s choice.
Odebrecht/OAS is responsible for building four stadiums and the chairman of Martifer, Jorge Martins, told the newspaper that, although the contract related directly to Fonte Nova he hoped to be awarded more projects in Brazil.
According to its chairman the company plans not only to build the metal structures of the soccer stadiums for the 2014 World Cup, but also the sports complexes for the Olympic Games, which are due to be held in Brazil in 2016.
Meanwhile, Martins also said that the metal structures factory being built in the state of Sao Paulo would be ready and start operating at the end of the year, following an investment of around 30 million reals (12 million euros).
The new factory has an installed capacity of 12,000 tons and, despite being focused on the Brazilian market, was also designed to supply other countries in Latin America.
The contract signed with the Odebrecht/OAS consortium is the second awarded to Martifer in the Brazilian market, where it started working when it built a shopping centre in Pindamonhangaba, worth 6 million euros. (macauhub)