Mexico's national water authority seeks private sector participation

08.03.2010 By: Transfer based on BN Americas

Mexico's national water authority Conagua presented a series of hydraulic infrastructure projects at a conference in Spain last week in a move to secure private investment for projects worth up to 2.02bn euros (US$2.77bn). Conagua presented projects worth 720mn euros to be tendered in 2010, and projects worth 1.3bn euros for 2011, of which the private sector will contribute up to 70%, the authority reported on its website.

Projects were in the sanitation, potable water treatment, desalination, and hydroelectric power sectors, Conagua said in a release. The initiatives included the 140km El Zapotillo-León potable water pipeline, 264km Falcón-Matamoros pipeline, Baja California desalination plant, and Hermosillo wastewater treatment plant, among others.

"Our goal for the year 2030 is for Mexico to be placed among the 20 countries that are known for their infrastructure, and to achieve this, it is essential to strengthen innovative strategies such as private sector participation," said Conagua's potable water, drainage and sanitation head, José Ramón Ardavín Ituarte.

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