Córdoba, Santa Fe to begin executive project for US$800mn pipeline

Friday, November 11, 2011

Argentina's Córdoba and Santa Fe province governors, Juan Schiaretti and Hermes Binner, have signed an agreement to begin an executive project to build the Paraná river-Córdoba potable water pipeline.

Santa Fe's water, public services and environment ministry, and Córdoba's public works ministry will form a technical team to carry out the necessary studies including feasibility analyses, cost estimates, and more.

The studies will also determine which areas to connect to the pipeline, and evaluate alternative locations for water channeling, transport and treatment, the Santa Fe government said in a release.

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The federal investment committee (CFI) has already carried out studies that determined the project's feasibility, according to a release from the Córdoba government.

Valued at some US$800mn, the project will be carried out in stages, backed by foreign investment. Authorities will also seek funding from the national government.

The 400km pipeline will supply water to the city of Córdoba at a rate of 3m3/s, and to towns situated along the pipeline at a rate of 1m3/s, benefiting 800,000 people in the province.

The project will be sent to the state legislatures for review.