Copasa to launch US$7mn tender for Conselheiro Lafaiete treatment plant

Friday, July 1, 2011

Brazil's Minas Gerais state water utility Copasa (Bovespa: CSMG3) will launch a tender in the fourth quarter of this year for a wastewater treatment project in the city of Conselheiro Lafaiete, the utility's Paraopeba river basin cleanup program coordinator, Antonio Ivan, told BNamericas.

"The work includes building the city's Ventura Luís wastewater treatment plant," Ivan said, adding that the initiative will have an estimated budget of 11.5mn reais (US$7.4mn).

The initiative falls under the utility's Paraopeba river basin cleanup program, for which German banking group KfW is providing 100mn euros (US$145mn).

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The cleanup includes several wastewater treatment projects, including the first tertiary treatment plant in Brazil. The project is expected to improve 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 the work have been submitted and are currently being analyzed. A winner should be announced in July, according to the executive.