Two companies and one consortium are competing in a consultancy tender launched by Brazil's Santa Catarina state water utility Casan to manage its environmental sanitation and wastewater treatment program.
The engineering consultancy companies are Quanta Consultoria and Enger Engenharia and the consortium is Consórcio Catarinasan, including Engevix, Prosul, Nippon and CKC.
The hired contractor will supervise works costing 395mn reais (US$248mn), which were secured last year with the help of financing from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). A winner should be contracted by the end of July, according to a Casan release.
The sanitation program will benefit Santa Catarina's coastal region. State capital Florianópolis will receive works costing 215mn reais, while the remaining 180mn reais will be used in the municipalities of Penha, Piçarras, Bombinhas and Balneário Barra do Sul.
Work includes building eight wastewater treatment plants, 66 pumping stations and 529km of pipeline. The program will benefit some 340,000 residents, the release said.
"With this, nearly 1.5bn reais in national and international financing for state sanitation works are underway. They will be applied over the next two to three years," said Casan president Dalírio Beber.
Casan aims to increase wastewater collection and treatment coverage to 45% from 17%.