Activists seek to halt Monterrey VI pipeline project

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Civil society organizations will file complaints against the officials who awarded Mexico's Monterrey VI water pipeline project, the head of NGO Reforestación Extrema told BNamericas.

Lawmakers from opposition party PAN are also asking the state government of Nuevo León to cancel the contract due to what they claim was a lack of transparency in the bidding.

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Reforestación Extrema president Cosijopi Montero said the project is expensive and unnecessary. His NGO is one of several – includring Vertebra, Rescatemos Nuevo León, and the civil council of Nuevo León institutions – that have urged local and federal authorities to release information about the bidding process and contract.

Monterrey's water utility published several documents related to the project on its website, but Montero said the information is "biased, misleading, inaccurate and generic," adding that technical studies and the contract itself are not available.

In September, the Monterrey utility announced the winner of the contract to build and operate the pipeline: a group comprised of Concreto y Obra Civil del Pacífico, Controladora de Operaciones de Infraestructura, Desarrollos Rogar, EECSA Concesiones and Productos y Estructuras de Concreto.

The contract for the Monterrey VI project is worth 14.1bn pesos (US$1.08bn). The 30-year public-private partnership (PPP) will transport water 372km from the Pánuco river in the state of San Luis Potosí to Monterrey city.

The pipeline has a capacity to transport 5m3/s, and the project includes six pumping stations. The PPP contract was signed in October.