Peñitas dam floodgates project still in development

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Friday, January 11, 2008

The project to build the floodgates for the hydraulic system on Las Peñitas dam in southern Mexico's Tabasco state is still being developed, national water commission Conagua's Tabasco office communications head Gilberto Segovia told BNamericas.

The project, originally slated for completion in May 2007, was delayed due to legal issues involving Diamante, a local company that won an international tender to carry out the initiative.

"The firm in charge of the project didn't meet the deadline. The delay is due to legal problems; it is not technical or resource related," Segovia said, adding that there have been a number of legal confrontations with the firm, which is still in charge of the project.

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"Some advances have been made, but not at the desired rate. It [the floodgate] is not yet fully operational," he added.

Segovia also said he is not aware of any new deadlines to finish the project, which was ordered during former President Vicente Fox's administration to reroute excess water to the Samaria river, following the massive floods that hit Tabasco in 1999.