Chile's public works ministry (MOP) expects to launch a tender to build access roads for the Chacrillas irrigation reservoir in central region V in the second half of 2012, MOP's waterworks division (DOH) project manager Rodolfo Herranz told BNamericas.
The ministry's projects department is currently evaluating technical proposals for a tender to design the roadway, which is budgeted at some 4bn pesos (US$8.75mn), Herranz said.
"Economic offers will be opened next week and a consulting firm will be selected to complete the designs for this roadway for the interior of the reservoir," the official added.
"After that the [construction] project has to be developed, designed and approved, which will take at least 12 months," Herranz said.
The roadway will be the last part of the US$60mn Chacrillas project.
MOP signed a 24.1bn-peso contract with Spanish firm OHL to complete construction of the 27Mm3 reservoir on May 10. Construction is scheduled to begin at end-August and be completed in December 2013.