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The government of Argentina's Chubut province received four offers in the tender to upgrade the water pipeline supplying potable water to Comodoro Rivadavia, Rada Tilly and Caleta Olivia, according to a press release from the Chubut provincial government.
Offers were received from Rovella Carranza for 339mn pesos (US$62.5mn), as well as Supercemento and Esuco in a joint proposal for 340mn pesos. CPC also put in an offer worth 330mn pesos, while Contreras Hermanos submitted a proposal for 338mn pesos.
The works have a federal government budget of 340mn pesos and a timeframe of 24 months.
"We expect work to begin in 30 days," said Martín Buzzi, governor of the province.
The project entails fully renewing the pumping station at Musters lake, as well as upgrading those in Sarmiento, Cerro Negro, Valle Hermoso and Cerro Dragón.
In addition, the potable water plant in Sarmiento is to be upgraded through a new production module, while up to 43.5km of pipes will be replaced.
The project is intended to improve the pumping, transport and production capacity of the whole pipeline infrastructure in order to increase its total capacity by 40% to 7,000m3 per hour.
"The improvement works will not only meet the current needs of the region, which has seen a lot of growth in recent years, but will also meet our water needs for the next two decades," said Buzzi.