Brazil's BNDES picks more consulting firms for waterworks PPPs

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Adding to the three announced earlier in the week, Brazil's development bank BNDES confirmed that two more local consortiums were provisionally selected to plan concession models for state water and sewerage services.

"A three-party consortium made up of Banco Fator, Concremat Engenharia e Tecnologia, and Vernalha Guimarães e Pereira Advogados has been selected to prepare plans for the state of Pernambuco, It offered 7.88mn reais (US$2.54mn), which was 70% below the 26.3mn-real maximum stipulated," a bank spokesperson told BNamericas.

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Meanwhile, a five-party consortium composed of Machado Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Pinheiro, Mourão, Raso e Araújo Filho Advogados, L.C.A.Consultores, Núcleo de Gestão de Infraestrutura Engenharia e Serviços, and Dórea Mattos Engenharia, will prepare plans for the state of Sergipe.

It offered 4.38mn reais to conduct the consulting work, coming in about 72% below the 15.2mn-real maximum stipulated, according to the official.

Although the consortiums have been selected, representatives from BNDES and the states still need to evaluate qualifying documents, such as price sheets and special certificates, before confirming the consortiums as winners, the spokesperson noted.

The utilities managing waterworks in Pernambuco and Sergipe are Compesa and Deso, respectively.

These are the first of 17 state concessions being planned under the federal government's PPI partnerships investment program. Once the most feasible model is determined for each state, PPPs will be formed with the goal of reaching universal potable water supply and sewage collection and treatment coverage.