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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.
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.