Decree simplifies airport contracting
Following the path already adopted by Petrobras and Eletrobras, Infraero should soon have a more simplified model for its public tenders in place. A draft of a Presidential Decree, which is already at a very advanced stage, will allow the state-owned company and its controllers to buy assets and hire services much more easily. The aim is to streamline operations in order to be able to compete with the new private airport operators.
According to the regulations being considered, Infraero will be able to sign contracts directly with pre-selected companies that are grouped into a form of registered list.
For works performed on new terminals and runways, Infraero will continue to use the differentiated public contracting system (RDC). The difference will lie in the creation of the pre-registration of contractors with the abilities to assume the jobs, excluding those which have not delivered jobs on time in the past and eliminating the need for analyses of the bidding procedure documents.
In relation to the development of the areas involving the commercial sector and the repair or maintenance of existing infrastructure, the contracts may be based upon the simplified bidding procedure, as outlined by Law 12.833 from 2013, which already authorizes this type of set up in Infraero but is still awaiting regulation – exactly what is now under discussion.
Furthermore, parts suppliers may be contracted almost automatically, thereby guaranteeing the immediate replacement of parts.
Infraero’s public tenders and purchases superintendent has confirmed that the simplification of the bidding procedures will not be as far reaching as those adopted by Petrobras, which is entirely free to contract as it wishes. He defends the flexibility and confirms that Infraero will continue to base its selections on price.