Brazil's national development bank BNDES has published a first batch of bidding rules for contracts to prepare technical studies for planned public-private partnerships (PPP) in the area of water and sewerage.
The bidding rules published correspond to proposed PPPs in the states of Amapá, Alagoas, Maranhão, Pará, Pernambuco and Sergipe, BNDES said in a statement.
The six states are the first of the 18 states that expressed interest in participating in the PPP program funded by BNDES and part of the country's investment partnership program, PPI.
The goal of PPI is to achieve universal basic water and sanitation coverage throughout the country.
Earlier this month BNDES prequalified 20 parties to conduct said studies for planned PPPs with Compesa (Pernambuco state), Consapa (Pará), Caema (Maranhão), Caesa (Amapá), Deso (Sergipe), and Casal (Alagoas).
The bidding process will take place on March 15 for Amapá and Alagoas; March 17 for Maranhão and Pará; and March 21 for Pernambuco and Sergipe, the BNDES statement said.
The studies are expected to take between six and eight months to complete.
The 12 other states are Acre, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Paraíba, Paraná, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rondônia, Santa Catarina, and Tocantins.
Click here for the bidding rules.