Bids for US$88mn Chaco pipeline project to be opened Dec 21

- Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bids for US$88mn Chaco pipeline project to be opened Dec 21

Offers presented for Paraguay's US$88mn Chaco potable water pipeline project will be opened December 21, according to the public works and communications ministry (MOPC).

The project is being financed by a US$60mn grant from the Spanish cooperation fund for water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a US$20mn loan from IDB. An additional US$8mn will be sourced locally.

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Work will be carried out in two stages. The first is budgeted at US$40mn and includes building a 202km potable water pipeline from Puerto Casado to Loma Plata, according to a presidential release.

The second stage involves building distribution networks and sanitation systems in Filadelfia, Neuland, Villa Choferes del Chaco, Cruce Los Pioneros, Manuel Irala Fernández and Lolita.

Additional work includes building storage tanks, pumping stations, indoor plumbing, rainwater capture and storage systems, and solutions for low-income and indigenous communities.

The project aims to expand drinking water coverage to the country's eastern region, benefiting some 190,000 people.