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The waterworks division (DOH) of Chile's public works ministry (MOP) has reopened the Canal Maule Norte irrigation system in central region VII, which was damaged by the February 2010 earthquake.
The project required a total investment of 2.89bn pesos (US$5.86mn) and included installing 400m of tubing, construction of containment walls as well as repairs to the Huapi pipeline and access to the Agustinos tunnel.
DOH financed the 1.7bn-peso contract for construction, which local firm Edeco carried out in record time, DOH director Juan Antonio Arrese said in a MOP release.
The national irrigation committee provided an additional 1.19bn to bring the system, which irrigates 55,000ha, back online.