Baja California delays deadline for El Salitral desalination plant

- Thursday, April 7, 2011

Baja California delays deadline for El Salitral desalination plant

Mexico's Baja California state water authority CEA has pushed back the bid deadline for a tender to build and operate the El Salitral desalination plant, the authority's head of public relations, Marco Zambrano, told BNamericas.

Offers are now due to be presented on May 17.

Proposals were originally to be presented on March 28, but participating firms raised many questions during the first clarification session and the deadline was subsequently extended, Zambrano said.

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CEA launched the tender on February 22. A previous tender, launched in November 2010, was cancelled after competing firms asked for more time to prepare offers.

The project includes designing the plant, which will have capacity to treat 250l/s of seawater. Construction is scheduled to take 18 months.

The project has a budget of some 400mn pesos (US$33.2mn), BNamericas reported previously. The awardee will operate the plant under a 20-year concession contract, providing 60% of the project's total cost.

National development bank Banobras will finance the remaining 40%.