Peru's private investment promotion agency ProInversion will shortly approve the decision to declare a desalination plant in capital Lima of public interest, according to its director, Jorge Leon.
The Aguas de Lima Sur desalination plant will be located in southern district Santa Maria del Mar and will have capacity to treat 100,000m3/d, supplying districts Lurin, Pachacamac, Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra, San Bartolo, Santa Maria and Pucusana.
The project will require an estimated US$45mn investment.
A private initiative to build the plant, submitted by UK firm Biwater, is currently in the final stages of evaluation and should be declared of public interest by month-end, Leon was reported as saying by state news agency Andina.
At least 14 local and international companies have expressed interest in the project, including firms from Spain, the US, the UK, Singapore, South Korea, Israel and the United Arab Emirates, the report said.
Once the initiative is declared of interest, companies will have 90 days to submit offers to build and operate the plant. If Biwater fails to submit the best offer, it will be refunded the cost of designing the project, Leon said.