Project detail - TRANSAMBIENTAL S.A.S.


Status: Approved investment
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Who is our customer

Transambiental is one of the three bus operator concessionaires of Cartagena’s new Integrated Mass Transport System , named Transcaribe. Transambiental is responsible for the execution of Concession number 3, whose purpose is to finance, acquire, operate and maintain up to 223 state-of-the-art natural gas powered buses. The new system, expected to transport 450,000 passengers daily, is based on a Public Private Partnership model, in which the public sector funds the immovable infrastructure (e.g. bus lanes, stations, depot and maintenance center) and the private sector is responsible for bus operations, fare collection and scrapping of the old existing bus fleet.

What is our funding objective?

As part of a debt package of Colombian Peso 145 billion (approximately USD 48 million), FMO commits to provide a loan of USD 15 million. The funding will mainly be used to acquire new buses and to acquire and scrap old diesel buses currently operating in the public transport system.

Why do we fund this investment?

This is a Green and Inclusive project. The introduction of Transcaribe will help Cartagena to move from an old, polluting, uncomfortable and inefficient bus system, with 1,600 old diesel buses, towards a cleaner, more reliable and efficient public transportation system, with 660 state-of-the-art natural gas powered buses. Transcaribe will offer affordable transport to the middle class and poor, that rely the most on the public transport system.

Latin America & The Caribbean
Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Services
Effective date
Total FMO financing
USD 15.00 MLN
Building Prospects
Risk categorization on environmental and social impacts, A = high risk, B+ = medium high risk, B = medium risk, C = low risk Environmental & Social Category
(A, B+, B or C)