NGOs, environmental groups fight to block Monterrey VI construction

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A group of NGOs and environmental groups have filed a complaint with Mexico's attorney general's office (PGR), aiming to block construction of the Monterrey VI water pipeline.

"The project would bring harm to fauna and flora, and no remedial actions have been proposed to mitigate such risks," said lawyer Gregorio Núñez, as cited by local newspaper Milenio.

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Last week, a five-company consortium that includes ICA subsidiary Controladora de Operaciones de Infraestructura won the tender to build and operate the 14.2bn-peso (US$1.08bn) Monterrey VI project.

The 30-year public-private partnership (PPP) calls for building and operating the 372km pipeline, which will carry water from the Pánuco river basin, in San Luis Potosí state, to Monterrey.

The pipeline will have the capacity to transfer 5m3/s, and the full system will include six pumping stations. The PPP contract is scheduled to be signed on September 26.