Chaco signs contract for US$410mn potable water project

Friday, February 25, 2011

Argentina's Chaco province government has signed a contract with construction firms OAS, Supercemento and Rovella Carranza to begin work on a 1.65bn-peso (US$410mn) potable water project.

The project involves building an intake on the Paraná river with a 10km pipeline and a potable water plant in port city Barranqueras that will produce some 7,000m3/h. A 512km distribution network will also be built.

The consortium was awarded the contract in October last year, beating competitors including Odebecht, Techint and Isolux.

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Brazilian development bank BNDES is financing 40% of the project's cost, with additional funds being provided by the central government together with provincial water utility Sameep and national water and sanitation board Enohsa.


Chaco authorities are also working on the 235mn-peso Puerto Lavalle-Juan José Castelli pipeline, a tender for which was launched in October.

Bids for the 62km pipeline are due to be opened on April 8, the provincial government said in a release.

"By 2014, the province will have capacity to produce and distribute a total of 25,000m3/h of water to supply the total demand in the province," said province governor Jorge Capitanich.