Chile's public works ministry (MOP) expects to begin filling the El Bato irrigation reservoir in central-northern region IV by end-June, according to the head of irrigation at MOP's waterworks division (DOH), José Luis Larroucau.
Work currently being carried out to reinforce the 25Mm3 reservoir's main irrigation tunnel will be completed in June, Larroucau said during a presentation at the national irrigation commission's (CNR) first annual meeting.
The reservoir, which cost 37.5bn pesos (US$79.6mn), was built by a consortium led by local construction firm Besalco.
Work is currently underway on the Nuevo Cocinera canal, which will feed the irrigation system for some 4,000ha. The project will cost some 5.41bn pesos and is scheduled be completed by October, Larroucau said.
DOH is spending 57.2bn pesos on the Ancoa reservoir in south-central region VII, which will be completed in about a year's time, according to the official.
"The current schedule says it should be completed on June 12, 2012," Larroucau said.
Construction of the 80Mm3 reservoir, which is also being carried out by Besalco, is about 72% complete. The dam will be 138m high and will stretch over 348m.
The project involves some delicate work where the dam wall meets the foothills, which means special materials will be required to ensure the structure can withstand earthquakes, the official said.
The Ancoa reservoir will provide irrigation for 36,000ha in Linares province, BNamericas reported previously.