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The waterworks division (DOH) of Chile's public works ministry (MOP) is scheduled to hand over land for construction of the Chacrillas irrigation reservoir in mid-April, DOH project manager Rodolfo Herranz told BNamericas.
Technical and economic bids for the US$60mn project are currently being analyzed and the winning firm should be selected within a few weeks, Herranz added. Once selected, the firm must be approved by the comptroller general.
Firms Constructora BCF and OHL presented technical offers for the project. Also bidding were consortiums Sacyr Chile-Equipos y Construcciones (EDECO)-Constructora Agua Santa, Comsa de Chile-OAS and Besalco-Dragados.
The project is part of MOP's planned 62bn-peso (US$133mn) infrastructure investment in central region V for 2011, MOP said in a release.
DOH will spend some 360mn pesos to complete designs for 13 stormwater drainage systems in regional capital Valparaiso and neighboring Viña del Mar as well as 1.55bn pesos in new rural potable water projects, said regional MOP director Pedro Sariego.
The department also plans to address water shortages in the region by reactivating 32 wells and reopening water intakes on the Petorca, La Ligua and Aconcagua river basins, which will provide nearly 600l/s of water.