Copasa to call US$24mn tenders for Paraopeba river basin cleanup

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Brazil's Minas Gerais water utility Copasa (Bovespa: CSMG3) plans to call 37.5mn reais (US$23.7mn) in tenders by year-end for sewerage service improvements under its Paraopeba river basin cleanup program, program coordinator, Antonio Ivan, told BNamericas.

"A project budgeted at 26mn reais is being planned for the city of Congonhas and an another 11.5mn-real one for Conselheiro Lafaiete city," Ivan said.

Work in Conselheiro Lafaiete entails construction of the city's Ventura Luís wastewater treatment plant, said the executive, adding that details are not currently available for the Congonhas project

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The Paraopeba river basin cleanup program involves several wastewater treatment projects, including the first tertiary treatment plant in Brazil. The program is expected to boost the wastewater collection and treatment rate in the Minas Gerais metropolitan region to 90% from 60% over the next four years.

Bids for consultancy services to accompany all of the works have been submitted and are currently being analyzed, with a winner due to be announced this month.

German banking group KfW is providing 100mn euros (US$142mn) to fund the overall program.