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The government of Argentina's Santa Fe province has received six economic bids to build the first stage of the Desvío Arijón potable water pipeline in San Jerónimo department, budgeted at 219mn pesos (US$54.5mn).
A consortium formed of Rovella Carranza, Petersen Thiele y Cruz and Supercemento submitted the lowest bid, with 210mn pesos. The Coemyc-Mundo Construcciones-Ponce Construcciones group offered the highest bid at 229mn pesos.
The remaining bidders were Milicic-Obring; JCR; Pecam-Semac Construcciones-Brajkovic-Del Sol; and Tecsa-Guerechet-Ingenem Construcciones.
The Santa Fe government had initially planned a 1.8bn-peso potable water project to serve the entire province. However, the scale of the project would have prevented local companies from participating, said governor Hermes Binner.
The work has now been divided into two stages, the provincial government said in a release.
First-stage works include building an intake on the Paraná river and a potable water plant in towns Desvío Arijón, Santo Tomé and Sauce Viejo. Work is due to wrap up in 42 months.
The second stage of works will be carried out between outlaying towns from the river and Rafaela city.
The pipeline system is expected to supply more than 250,000 people in the center-west region of the province.