BRASILIA, Nov 12 (Reuters) - A consortium of Chinese
companies signed a contract with the government of Brazil's
Bahia state on Thursday to build a 12-kilometer (7.5-mile)
bridge across the entrance of the bay opposite the city of
The bridge to the island of Itaparica, slated to be the
longest over water in Latin America, will take five years to
build and cost 6.7 billion reais ($1.2 billion), Bahia officials
The consortium is made up of China Communications
Construction Co Ltd, CCCC South America Regional
Company and China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation, a unit of
China Railway Construction Corp Ltd.
They will take one year to obtain licenses and prepare
equipment needed to start building, the officials said.
"It is the biggest investment by a Chinese group in Brazil,"
Bahia Governor Rui Costa said at the signing.
The consortium's shareholders are the world's largest
construction and infrastructure companies, he added.
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Richard Chang)