The Brazilian Court of Audit (TCU) concluded yesterday (April 18) a report that identified a surcharge of R$ 86,5 million in the works of Arena Amazônia stadium, which has been erected in Manaus for the World Cup.
According to TCU, the cost of the arena reached R$ 615,9 million, 15.7% higher than the budget presented last year (R$ 532 million).
While the deficiencies are not resolved, TCU recommends the Brazilian Development Bank (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social - BNDES) to suspend the release of the 20% for the first installment of the R$400 million loan.
According to the audit, the largest surcharge amount would be in the costs of the so-called "local administration" of the stadium works. This is the case of the item that discriminates payment to employees who, according to TCU, contains double costs.
The Minister of TCU Valmir Campelo says in the audit that, even if these double costs were allowed, Arena Amazônia would continue as the stadium with the largest number of professionals by number of seats.
Items such as hiring security guards, insulated ducts for air conditioning and cost of fiberglass also have irregularities.
In the crosshairs
Arena Amazônia has been the subject of TCU audits since 2010. On occasion, the first analysis, performed in 80% of the work budget, had identified surcharge of
R$ 114,9 million in materials.
At the time, the state government admitted the surcharge of R$48.1 million in the work. Now, the amount of the materials contracted above the market value reaches R$ 86,5 million.
Even with only the current resources, the construction of the World Cup Arena in Manaus reached 39% of execution, with 1,200 workers on the construction site. The stadium delivery date is June 2013.