Baja California's US$33mn desalination tender attracts six bidders

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A tender launched by Mexico's Baja California state water authority CEA to build and operate the El Salitral desalination plant in Ensenada has attracted six bidders, the authority's head of public relations, Marco Zambrano, told BNamericas.

The six firms that purchased bidding rules have until March 29 to present offers, Zambrano said, adding that the names of the companies cannot yet be revealed. Bid documents may be purchased until March 22.

It seems likely that companies will ask for more time to present the bids, which could push the process back by a month, according to the official. If the process stays on track CEA expects to award the tender on April 22.

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

The project includes designing the facility, 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 and invest 60% of the total cost.

National development bank Banobras will finance the remaining 40%.

For tender details, in Spanish, go to this link