Roundup: García inspects Kingsmill, Taboada plants, Huascacocha reservoir

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Peruvian President Alan García has completed an inspection of the Kingsmill wastewater treatment plant in Junín region, which is currently in its testing phase.

The US$44mn plant, which will treat water from mining operations in the Morococha district, will end 80 years of contamination of the Yauli and Mantaro rivers, García said. The facility will treat 1,100l/s of water, according to a release from the presidential office.

Chinese-owned firm Chinalco completed construction, which took 21 months. The firm will also operate the plant.

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García also visited the construction site of the Huascacocha reservoir, located in the Santa Bárbara district some 4,700m above sea-level, which will have a storage capacity of 52Mm3.

The Huascacocha-Rímac project will cost some US$79.6mn and will provide water for capital Lima.

Work includes transferring water from the reservoir along the Santa Eulalia and Rímac rivers to supply the Huachipa potable water plant.

García will consult with engineers on the project to discuss the possibility of adding a few canals to provide irrigation for the agriculture zone in Yauli and Huascacocha, according to a presidential release.

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The Peruvian president also completed an inspection of the Taboada wastewater treatment plant in port city Callao, which will have a treatment capacity of up to 20.3m3/s.

Spanish firm ACS is investing 417mn soles (US$149mn) in the project, which includes financing, designing, building and operating the facility.

The plant will treat wastewater from Callao and Lima, which is currently dumped untreated into the Pacific and the Rímac river.