UPDATE 1-Brazil’s Rumo wins auction to operate freight railway; shares jump

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, March 28 (Reuters) – Brazilian logistics company Rumo SA on Thursday won an auction to build and operate a 1,537-kilometer freight railway for 30 years, with a bid of 2.7 billion reais ($694 million), according to the government.

Rumo Chief Executive Julio Fontana said that the Norte-Sul Railway would be used to transport primarily agricultural commodities, but would also ship some fuel and bauxite. The railway could be operational within 2 years, Fontana said.


By Aluisio Alves and Jake Spring


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