Latin America was the first market in which the Group undertook projects during its internationalization process, which began in 1979. The company offers infrastructure engineering and construction services for public and private clients in the following areas:
Present in 10 Latin American and Caribbean countries and with over 32,900 members, Odebrecht Infrastructure - Latin America originally began operating in Peru, where it has remained for the past 35 years. Since then, it has set up operations throughout the entire region and diversified its businesses, generating wealth, training professionals, transferring technology and promoting educational, environmental and social inclusion programs.
In Argentina, it is building the North Zone Water Treatment System, responsible for improving the water supply in the North suburbs of the Province of Buenos Aires, as well as the Soterramiento de Sarmiento subway train, which connects Buenos Aires to Moreno.
In Colombia, it is completing the construction work for the 528 km-long Ruta del Sol Highway – in synergy with Odebrecht Latinvest –, and the Boyacá Transversal Corridor, rehabilitating 49 km of roads.
In Cuba, it expanded Mariel Port (photo) and is currently remodeling and expanding the Havana Airport. It is also responsible for the administration of the 5 de Setembro Sugar Plant.
Having operated in Ecuador for the past 27 years, it is now building the La Esperanza Aqueduct, which extends 93 km, and the Pascuales-Cuenca Multiple Use Pipeline, which extends 200 km. Odebrecht Infrastructure - Latin America is also repairing and expanding 140 km of the CA 02 Highway in Guatemala, which connects the cities of Tecún Umán and Cocales.
In Panama, it completed the Curundú Project (video), with 1,008 housing units, a 45-km stretch of the Madden-Colón Expressway and the first phase of the capital's sanitation project. In addition, it is also working to expand the Tocumen International Airport (video) and completing the construction work for the second phase of sanitation works in La Baía and the Santiago-Vighi Highway.
The Organization's strong presence in Peru includes the construction work for Section 2 of the first Lima Subway line, as well as the Olmos Irrigation and Chavimochic projects and the Chaglla Hydroelectric Power Plant. It is also working to repair the main access routes to the country's capital, building the Cusco Vía de Evitamiento road project and building the Matarani Port.
In the Dominican Republic, it was responsible for installing the Hermanas Mirabal and Samaná aqueducts and for highway projects such as Boulevard Turístico del Este (BTE), La Romana Ring Road, and the San Pedro-La Romana highway. It was awarded the Punta Catalina (720 MW) thermoelectric plant projects – which will help improve the country's energy sector – and the Piedra Blanca-Cruce de Ocoa Highway (Ocoa-Piedra Branca stretch).
Odebrecht Infrastructure - Latin America has undertaken some major projects in Venezuela, such as the construction work for the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía and the connected systems that are part of the Caracas Subway Line 5 and the Caracas-Guarenas-Guatire Subway. It began operating the Petare Bolivarian Cabletrain (phase 1) and the Mariche Express Metrocable System and started the Caracas-La Guaira-Guatire Railroad Project. It also provided 440 apartments as part of the El Chorrito housing project and is working to build the Manuel Piar Hydroelectric Facility - Tocoma Project.
Odebrecht was chosen as one of the Best Places to Work in Argentina and Mexico, according to the Great Place To Work Institute. It also received the Global Best Projects Award from Engineering News - Record (ENR) magazine for the construction of the Coral Expressway in the Dominican Republic.
In 2014, the Group earned the Global Best Projects Award, granted by ENR magazine, in the categories of Residential and Water Treatment for the projects completed in Panama: Curundu – urban renewal and installation of housing, basic sanitation and other benefits in one of the most impoverished communities of Panama City – as well as the Panama City and Bay Sanitation project – consisting of the installation of a sanitation system in Panama's capital.
Besides these important distinctions, Odebrecht also earned the Annual Award from the Venezuelan Construction Council in the category of Social Responsibility for its Art and Trade program, part of the Los Teques Subway project.
In the Peruvian city of Arequipa, at an altitude of 3,600 meters and facing daily earth tremors and low temperatures, Odebrecht began its international operations back in 1979 when it built the Charcani V Hydroelectric Power Plant (photo) with 135 MW of power. That same year, the Group also began operating in Chile to open the tunnels for the Maule River bypass at the Colbún-Machicura Hydroelectric Power Plant.
Over the following years, Odebrecht began projects in Argentina (1986), Colombia (1993), Ecuador (1987), Mexico (1992) and Venezuela (1992). In 2000s, it began operating in the Dominican Republic (2002), Panama (2004), Cuba (2010) and Guatemala (2013). In these countries, the Group maintains a major presence, generating thousands of job opportunities and promoting the sustainable development of the Communities.
During its 35 years of operations abroad, Odebrecht has also completed projects in Paraguay, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Bolivia.