Paraguay to launch US$60mn wastewater plant tender next month

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Paraguay's public works ministry (MOPC) will launch in December an international tender to build a wastewater treatment plant along the Yukyry river.

The tender was initially expected to be launched in October.

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The government plans to spend US$60mn from sovereign bond proceeds to finance the project, which is part of the Ypacaraí lake recovery plan, of which the Yukyry river is the main tributary.

Works are expected to begin in the second half of 2015.

MOPC has also said it will launch this week a tender to carry out sewerage works in Areguá.

And the government plans to begin in December the construction of Itauguá city's sewerage system, at a cost of US$3.5mn.

MOPC said it is also about to clinch a US$110mn loan from development bank IDB to expand San Lorenzo's sewerage network and build a water treatment plant in the city.

The ministry has allocated US$250mn to expanding sewerage services and building wastewater treatment plants in the Ypacaraí lake basin. Sewage from over 500,000 residents in Asunción's metropolitan area is discharged directly into the lake.