Roundup: Zacatecas landfill gas, new Senamhi head, Anda water losses

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Mexican municipality of Zacatecas has invited US firms to submit qualifications and proposals to conduct a feasibility study for a 3MW landfill gas collection and power generation pilot project.

The US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) will help finance the contract. Documents are due by December 16.

For the procurement notice, go to this link

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Peru's environment minister (Minam), Antonio Giesecke, has sworn in the new president of the national meteorological and hydrological service (Senamhi), Amelia Díaz.

President Ollanta Humala named Díaz as Sanemhi's new head last week, according to a Minam release.

Díaz, who replaces Wilar Gamarra, has worked with Senamhi for 27 years, participating in projects to improve adaptation to the impact of melting Andean glaciers, among others.

As Senamhi president, Díaz will prioritize climate change adaptation projects, which pose a major threat to available water supply, the release added.

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And El Salvador's national water utility Anda has received a detailed report and manual from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to help improve its operational capacity.

JICA financed the US$4.4mn initiative, which launched in 2009.

The manual aims to help Anda cut physical water losses in capital San Salvador's potable water distribution system by 25%. The program also involved training staff to identify leaks in the system.

Anda also received manuals to help improve sewerage planning and save on energy costs.