Brazil seeks consultants to prepare waterworks privatization

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Brazil's national development bank BNDES is seeking consultancy firms interested in developing studies for the privatization of state waterworks services in 18 Brazilian states.

The bank has launched a bid call aimed at pre-qualifying interested parties, government news service Agência Brasil reported. Due to the nature of the service to be contracted and the necessary technical qualifications, only consortiums are eligible, the report said.

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Interested firms must have experience in carrying out financial and economic feasibility studies for utilities concessions or PPPs that provide potable water supply or sewage collection and treatment system for at least 350,000 people.

In addition, those projects must have had investment demands of at least 950mn reais (US$282mn), according to BNDES bidding documents.

The studies are expected to be finalized by June 2017 and tenders for the selected privatization plan should be launched by the end of that same year.

The concessions will be part of the federal government's investment and partnership program, PPI. The 18 states are Acre, Alagoas, Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Pará, Paraíba, Paraná, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rondônia, Santa Catarina, Sergipe, and Tocantins.