Baja California to launch US$33mn desalination plant tender by end-Feb

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mexico's Baja California state water authority CEA will launch a tender by the end of this month to build the El Salitral desalination plant in Ensenada municipality, the authority's head of public relations, Marco Zambrano, told BNamericas.

A tender to build the facility was launched in November, but cancelled after competing firms asked for more time to prepare offers, which were due at end-January, Zambrano said.

CEA expects to receive offers for the project at the end of March and award the tender in April.

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Work includes designing the facility, which will have capacity to treat 250l/s of seawater, according to information published on government procurement website Compranet. Construction is scheduled to take 18 months.

The project has a budget of some 400mn pesos (US$33.4mn), BNamericas reported previously. The awardee will cover 60% of the cost and operate the plant under a 20-year concession contract.

National development bank Banobras will finance the remaining 40% of the cost.