Natal´s World Cup Football Stadium Approaches 75% Completion

In Natal the FIFA World Cup Stadium Arena das Dunas reaches 71.16% of completed work. Part of the superstructure has been completed and new work is being initiated, such as laying the turf for the pitch, excavation work, and the coverage, which should be completed later this month. Construction work follows pace and today it has approximately 1,800 workers, which are divided into three shifts, providing 24 hours of work every day. The Marketing Manager, Arthur Couto says that the phase of the superstructure has been completed, which corresponds to the area of heavy construction work. "We are working on the infrastructure of cables and tubes, with the installation of air conditioning and electrical and hydro installations. Engineering is not something linear, we can operate various work fronts simultaneously, in order to move forward on schedule. We are focused on finishing the work to comply with the FIFA specification. Our aim is December 2013 and which we will achieve" he said.
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Natal´s New Airport Opens for Business April 2014

On Tuesday, the superintendent of the complex administered by the Consortium Inframérica, Gomes Ibernon, met the press to show the progress of the construction work of the terminal which began in August 2012. It was announced that Natal´s new International Airport at Sao Goncalo do Amarante will start operating commercially its terminals for passengers and cargo at the beginning of April 2014.  So far R$71 million has been invested and 1,180 workers, linked to several companies contracted by the consortium, have been working on the construction of the airport. When completed, the cargo area, with 40,000m2 will be able to move the equivalent of four times the amount operated at the current airport, Augusto Severo. The passenger terminal at the new airport will receive triple the passengers that currently use the airport in Parnamirm, with a forecast of 6.12 million per year. According to Ibernon Gomes, when operations start in April 2014 this will be eight months in advance of the schedule, which had 36 months in the original plan and allowed completion only in December 2014. "The issue of the World Cup was vital to hasten the step" he said.    
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Sao Goncalo do Amarantes – New Natal Airport Update

The chairman of the Department of Roads (DER), Demetrius Torres said on Thursday 25th April that the implementation of the access to the new airport of São Gonçalo do Amarante will begin next week, nearly 20 days after the signing of the order of service by Governor Rosalba Ciarlini. Budgeted for accessing the airport from both the North and the South is R$76 million and is financed by the Caixa Economica Federal. have their delivery scheduled for May 2014. The completion of the access roads is for May 2014, a month and a few days after the Natal´s new airport becomes operational, just in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Government has announced RN Airport São Gonçalo do Amarante, mistakenly as the largest passenger and cargo terminal in Latin America and the seventh largest in the world, estimated to cost R$1 billion with a capacity of approximately 40 million passengers per year. In fact, the airport will have the capacity to support up to 6.5 million passengers in the first phase, but it is expected that between three to four million people will use the new airport up to the 2014 World Cup. This calculation is based on the number of passengers transiting the airport Augusto Severo, which has been increasing at a rate of 10% per year.
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Construction Starts on the Tide Barriers in Ponta Negra

Gradually, the stones that will be used to form the protection walls against the tides are arriving on Ponta Negra’s Beach. The containment works, started last Wednesday 24th of April,are necessary to prevent the erosion of the promenade, as happened in July 2012, once fixed. The works are estimated to cost R$ 4.8 million in funds from the Ministry of National Integration and follow a schedule for implementation according to tide tables, in six-hour shifts. Work began at the most critical stretch of Ponta Negra Beach. With the start of the work, Ponta Negra traders are hoping for better days. Ivanildo Pereira da Silva has worked at the beach for more than ten years and was struggling in recent months because of the poor state of the promenade which, according to him, scares away tourists. "I see that the City has a good intention and it may even improve, but the hope that this action will impede the course of nature, no one can predict. The last few months have been sad for us who work and depend on the beach as survival, because the destruction of the beach scared everyone away. I hope it to improve and we expect that in the coming months we will be  busier" he said. The work is expected to take 5 months.
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Historical Import of Construction Materials Indicates a Significant Level of Activity in the Sector

A historical movement of containers happened last weekend in Natal’s Port. On average there is usually around 25 cargo containers that arrive in the port over the weekend however, we saw an unusual arrival of 96 containers this weekend, 46 of them with porcelain brought by a single importer in the construction industry dealing with the local market. According to Ricardo Amaury, the operations manager of Natal’s Port, 70% are Chinese-made products and the rest is made in Europe. "I’ve never seen anything like the volume of containers that  arrived in our Port with CMA / CGM," he said. But in terms of physical load, the fact is that the arrival of such a large volume of cargo is new to the port, which until six years ago lived only from bulk carriers and tankers carrying pallets, wooden crates with a capacity of one ton each. For the president of the Construction Industry Union in RN, Arnaldo Junior Gaspar, the fact that so much porcelain has been imported, to target the local market and construction, indicates a significant level of activity in the sector. "It shows that there is a demand which stimulated a certain importer to invest in buying more aggressively." he added.
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Sports Minister ensures that Arena das Dunas will not be a “White Elephant”

Mr Aldo Rebelo, Brazil´s Sports Minister, visited the stadium in Natal and is confident that the Arena das Dunas Football Stadium located  in Lagoa Nova District, will be delivered before December this year. The Sports Minister,  visited the Stadium Arena das Dunas on the morning of Monday 15th April, accompanied by the governor of Rio Grande do Norte, Rosalba Ciarlini.  Currently, the work at Arena das Dunas is over 61% concluded, 9% more than planned in the original schedule submitted to FIFA. Aldo Rebelo is confident that the Stadium will be delivered before December and therefore, before the delivery deadline which is December 31, 2013. Regarding the mobility work, the minister said he planned to talk with the governor and the Natal’s Mayor in search of possible solutions, but ensured that even those unfinished works should be continued after the World Cup. The Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, rejected the possibility that Arena das Dunas, as well as other stadiums built for the World Cup, could become a so-called "white elephants", ie large works useless after the event. "I do not share the view that part of the stadiums will become 'white elephants'. Brazil is going through a modernization process of our football. I believe we will have no 'white elephant' and the Arena das Dunas, with its ability to be not just as a football field but  a multi-purpose arena. Moreover, it is up to the needs and challenges of the city and the state. " he said.  
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Sunday brought the new project “Costeira Viva” (Living Coast) to Natal

The project "Costeira Viva" from the State Department of Tourism had a new edition on Sunday 14th April in Natal. The project aims to encourage the population of  Natal  and tourists to make the Coastal Highway a place of recreation and tourist attraction, so they can enjoy the best of the natural and ecological potential that the site provides. According to the Secretary of State of Tourism, Renato Fernandes, "Costeira Viva", aims to make the Coastal Highway a meeting point between families and tourists visiting the city. "We want to transform the street into a place of leisure and fun with walking, jogging and other sports activities," he said.  From now on, the project will take place every Sunday, starting at 4pm until 8pm, from the Convention Centre to the Hotel Pestana Natal, in total 2.5 kilometers. The Convention Centre parking is available and people can use it for free.   In this first edition several actions were developed such as water distribution, blood pressure checking, educational workshop for children and cultural shows with artists.
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Brazil Mortgages from Caixa Economica grows 32% and is a record in Q1

The mortgage lending operations of the Federal Savings Bank in Brazil closed the first quarter of 2013 to a record of R$ 28.91 billion in contracts. The amount represents an increase of 31.7% over the same period of 2012, when the signings totalled R$ 21.9 billion, says the vice president of the government and housing bank, José Urbano Duarte. He said that based on the performance in the first quarter this year it points to overcome the previous estimate of R$ 120 billions in contracts this year. In 2012 the volume of contracts in the housing stock was R$ 106.74 billion.  
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Recovery Work of Ponta Negra’s Promenade Begins this Month

The recovery work of Ponta Negra’s beach promenade will be begin on the 20th April. The project will be funded by the Ministry of National Integration, totaling 23.9 million reais and will be implemented in two stages: the first, starting on the 20th, includes the protection of the promenade for a distance of two kilometres. The end of this phase is scheduled for October this year. The second phase will begin soon after including the extension of the promenade itself. This renovation will give the assurance that more landslides will not be repeated on the promenade of Ponta Negra,as it was revealed that such projects have been executed on the beaches of Olinda and Paulista already and the results are fulfilling the expectations.
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Natal World Cup Stadium Over Half Way

The Secretariat of the World Cup in Natal,  Rio Grande do Norte confirmed on Wednesday that the Arena das Dunas, Cup stadium in Lagoa Nova, is already 57.39% ready for the World Cup. According to information from the state agency, the  Stadium in Natal recorded a new breakthrough in the progress, since it is about 9% ahead than predicted for the period. At the time, more than 1,800 workers finalize the settlement of stairs in the bleachers above the western sector, and they begin assembling the opposite side.
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