The administration of late President Hugo Chávez awarded Odebrecht $11 billion in contracts to build communes like Diluvio in remote parts of the country and connect them to the heartland with grand bridges and railways, according to company employees and state documents.
But while the company completed roads, pipelines and railways elsewhere in Latin America and Africa, few of the dozens of projects contracted under Mr. Chávez came to fruition.
“They were throwing money by the billions into projects that were never going anywhere,” said a civil engineer who worked for Odebrecht at Diluvio.
What remains includes an unfinished, abandoned 8-mile bridge structure over the Orinoco River, four hours’ drive from the closest city in the southern Bolivar state. Further north, the skeleton of a soya processing plant put up by the company stands in the arid savanna of Anzoategui state; the fields there haven’t yielded one grain of soya.
Jesus, even with the damn oil money and contracting it out they still couldn’t even build the damn communes.
Have to go all the way back to the groundnut scheme to beat that.