Govt greenlights US$75mn works for São Francisco river integration

- Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Govt greenlights US$75mn works for São Francisco river integration

Brazil's national integration ministry has issued a service order for a 135mn-real (US$75.3mn) project in Pernambuco state as part of the São Francisco river integration program.

The service order is for phase II of an overall contract of 276mn reais that was signed in October, the ministry said in a release.

Part II, which contemplates works of the project's northern axis, will take place in the municipalities of Cabrobó and Salgueiro.

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Work involves building three pumping stations, performing earthworks such as slope preparation and drainage work for the region's water main system as well as maintaining a construction site in Salgueiro city.

Phase I work, which includes mobilizing staff and installing the construction site, began in November.

RIVER DIVERSION

The São Francisco river integration project is aimed at bringing water from the river to 12mn residents in the northeastern states of Pernambuco, Paraíba, Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte. Covering a total area of some 700km, works include building dams, pipelines and tunnels.

The project is budgeted at 6.8bn reais overall and falls under the country's growth acceleration plan (PAC). As of October, 2.7bn reais of the work has been paid for.

The river diversion project is divided into two main sections: north and east.

The north section encompasses a 426km stretch that will bring water to 7.1mn residents in the states of Pernambuco, Ceará, Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte. Some 46% of the work has been completed.

The east section entails a 287km stretch to serve 4.5mn people in the states of Pernambuco and Paraíba. A total of 71% of the work has been completed.