Aqualia scoops desal/wastewater project brace in LATAM infrastructure race

Jan. 22, 2018
Aqualia has secured two significant projects in the Latin American markets worth a combined total of €195 million...

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Spanish engineering company Aqualia has secured two significant projects in the Latin American markets worth a combined total of €195 million.

The State Water Commission of the State of Sonora, in Mexico, awarded Aqualia the build, operate and transfer (BOT) project for the Guaymas desalination plant.

Representing a total portfolio of around €110 million, the 18,00 m3/day project includes design, fittings, construction and commissioning, as well as operation and maintenance for a total period of 20 years.

The plant will have a system of deep sea water wells, filtration and microfiltration, reverse osmosis, remineralization and impulsion to the distribution network.

The Guaymas desalination plant is Aqualia’s fourth desalination plant in Latin America and will serve approximately 100,000 equivalent inhabitants of the municipalities of Guaymas and Empalme, located in the Gulf of California, in the State of Sonora, in Mexico.

Elsewhere, Panama’s Ministry of Health selected Aqualia's proposal for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant in East Arraiján.

Valued at around €85 million, the project will serve 130,000 inhabitants of the Arraiján district, in Panama’s central-west zone, improving their living conditions.

The contract includes the design of the first stage of the wastewater treatment plant with a projection for 2050 and capacity to treat 86,400 m3/day in five treatment modules for activated sludge and anaerobic digestion.

Aqualia will undertake construction, operation and maintenance of the first stage with three treatment modules with a capacity of 53,568 m3/day for a period of 10 years.

Additionally, the company will carry out the design, construction of the Trunk System and its interconnections with existing networks, as well as the operation and maintenance for 10 years of the Burunga and Arraiján Cabecera Trunk System and sewage network.

The action is part of the Ministry of Health’s plan to improve the sanitation of the Burunga and Arraijan Sector, an area that has a low level of sewerage and sewage treatment.

Aqualia is currently carrying out the design, construction, expansion equipment and implementation of secondary treatment at the El Salitre plant, in Bogotá, Colombia.

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