Paraguay's public works and communications ministry (MOPC) has received three bids for a project to build the US$88mn Chaco potable water pipeline.
Consortium Río Paraguay, comprised of CDD Construcciones and Benito Roggio & Hijos, submitted an offer of 207bn guaraníes (US$46.9mn) for phase I, and 189bn guaraníes for phase II; while TOC-TE, formed by Talavera Ortellado Construcciones and Tecnoedil Constructura, bid 233bn guaraníes (phase I) and 217bn guaraníes (phase II).
Finally, group Obras Hidráulicas, comprising firms Ecomipa and Vialtec, offered 208bn guaraníes (phase I) and 190bn guaraníes (phase II).
The offers will now be reviewed by an evaluation committee, which will select a winner in a few days' time, according to the release.
The project's first stage is budgeted at US$40mn and includes building a 202km potable water pipeline from Puerto Casado to Loma Plata. Phase II entails building distribution networks and sanitation systems in Filadelfia, Neuland, Villa Choferes del Chaco, Cruce Los Pioneros, Manuel Irala Fernández and Lolita.
Additional work includes the construction of storage tanks, pumping stations, indoor plumbing, rainwater capture and storage systems, and solutions for low-income and indigenous communities.
The project is being financed by a US$60mn grant from the Spanish cooperation fund for water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a US$20mn loan from IDB. An additional US$8mn will be sourced locally.
The project aims to expand drinking water coverage to the country's eastern region, benefiting some 190,000 people.