El Gobierno de Trinidad y Tobago ha adjudicado dos contratos por valor de 1.300 millones de dólares para la construcción de plantas de tratamiento. Entre las adjudicatarias se encuentra la española Acciona Agua, que se presentó como líder de consorcio para la construcción de la planta de tratamiento de San Fernando.
Government has awarded two contracts, valued at approximately $1.3 billion, for the construction of two wastewater treatment plants. This as the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) moves to increase sewerage coverage for the country from the current 30 per cent to 60 per cent, Water Resources Minister Ganga Singh said in a statement to Parliament yesterday. The contracts are for the construction of the Malabar wastewater treatment plant, which has been awarded to Sinoyhydro Corporation Limited of China, at a total cost of $620 million. The contract for the construction of the San Fernando wastewater treatment plant was awarded to the joint-venture company, AAA Wastewater Treatment Plant Limited, with Acciona Agua SAU as the lead partner, from Spain, and Atlatec SA de CV, of Mexico, at a total cost of $654 million. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which has provided Trinidad and Tobago with the “largest hemispheric loan” ever granted by that institution to any country, is funding the projects, under the Multi-Phase Wastewater Rehabilitation Programme being undertaken by WASA. Singh said the size of the loan “speaks volumes of the confidence (of the IDB) in the capacity of this (People’s) Partnership administration to achieve its objectives”. He said the loan, which was signed on January 19, 2013, is a multi-phased loan which has a total value of US$546.5 million (TT$3.4 billion) and has an overall time frame of eight years. The Minister said “major construction works” at the Malabar wastewater treatment plant had already begun and would benefit approximately 66,000 citizens in the constituencies of Arima, D’Abadie/O’Meara and La Horquetta/Talparo. Singh said WASA had identified as priority certain catchments for achieving the goal of increased waste-water coverage. These areas included Port of Spain through the rehabiliation of the sewerage system; the East-West Corridor (Bamboo, Trincity, Maloney, Malabar, Wallerfield, Sangre Grande); San Fernando; Chaguanas; Couva; South-West Tobago and Scarborough, Tobago. “Upon completion of works in these areas, sewerage coverage will move from the current 30 per cent of the population to 60 per cent with access to a centralised wastewater system,” Singh stated. “WASA proposes to develop regional wastewater treatment over the next ten years with a view to having regional wastewater treatment plants within these catchments,” he said. Noting that under the tenure of the People’s National Movement (PNM) (2002 to 2010), the wastewater sector returned to a “state of hibernation and stagnation” after a period of development during 1999-2000, Singh said: “For too long the wastewater sector has been the illegitimate sibling of the water supply sector. “It too must take its place centre stage with improved access to citizens and WASA is poised to achieve that goal,” the Minister stated.
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