The construction contract is expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2017. In the first phase, the facility will have a production capacity of 450l/s.
The water utility has promised potable water supply works for the city of Paulo Afonso if it renews its already-expired concession contract.
Only one bid was presented for the initiative, and it was US$24mn higher than the official estimate. Public works minister Ramón Jiménez said that the offer is still under evaluation.
A statement on the plea deal was made by the high-level attorney that the troubled Brazilian construction company hired to lead its compliance program.
Investment in the project is US$13.3mn and it is expected to be finished by February 2019. This is part of the first stage of a US$44mn plan that will benefit the Bío Bío region (VIII).
A Moody's analyst spoke to BNamericas about the effects that the investigations related to the Odebrecht bribe scandal have had on the region's infrastructure sector.
Brazil's senate has approved a decree which is aimed at sustaining water supply in the giant aquifer, which lies under Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The potable water treatment plants will be built in the provinces of Panamá Oeste and Colón and will benefit around half a million people.
With natural disasters becoming more frequent in Latin America and governments outlining plans to face these events, BNamericas spoke with Maryann Ramirez, conservation manager for The Nature Conservancy in Chile about the weather challenges that the region is facing and how to handle them.