Constitutional court orders new study for Majes-Siguas II

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Peru's constitutional court has ordered a new technical study to be carried out for the Majes-Siguas II irrigation project, which was halted by a lower court earlier this year.

The constitutional court agreed with an appeal filed by the national government's council of ministers against the ruling to halt the project, a press release from the court reads.

Back in March, the Sicuani-Canchis court in Cuzco suspended the irrigation project on the grounds that it constitutes a threat to residents and the environment in the Apurímac river basin.

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National water authority ANA will be in charge of conducting the study its conclusions will not be subject to appeal by any of the interested parties, according to the new ruling, which states that the studies must be carried out "as soon as possible."

Consortium Angostura-Siguas has committed to investing over US$200mn in Majes-Siguas II. The group, formed of Spanish firm Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios and Peru's Cosapi, was awarded the irrigation concession in September last year.

The project envisions the irrigation of 38,500ha in Arequipa, Cuzco, Apurímac, Puno, Moquegua and Tacna regions. Works in this phase include the 1Bm3 Angostura dam, an 18km water transfer tunnel, a water intake and irrigation infrastructure.

To read the court's decision in full, in Spanish, go to this link