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Acciona to build two water treatment plants in Nicaragua

CTBR Staff Writer Published 20 March 2018

Acciona Agua was chosen by Nicaragua's state water and sewage utility ENACAL to build drinking water treatment plants in the cities of Rivas and El Rama.

The contract to build these water treatment plants is worth $22.4m. Financing for these projects is provided by European Investment Bank, as part of PISASH, a comprehensive water and sewerage programme, which will serve around 100,000 people.

The project includes the construction of a water mains and distribution network that measures 62km, with pipes ranging between 50 and 600mm in diameter, and two drinking water treatment plants with capacity of more than 36,000m3/day.

It will also include pumping stations, reservoirs and other necessary exterior works.

PISASH’s aim is to expand and enhance drinking water and sanitation system coverage across 19 cities in Nicaragua. This drinking water system is expected to be useful for about 600,000 people directly, while offering about 235,000 people access to sanitation.

Acciona Agua has been in operating in the country since 2015. During this period, it has undertaken several projects.

In 2015, it was awarded contracts to build the sewer system in Malpaisillo and to upgrade expand the drinking water systems in Chichigalpa and Jalapa and build the Jalapa drinking water treatment plant, all for a total budget of €13.6m.

Recently, Acciona and Besix have secured a $237m contract from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to construct a 40 Million Imperial Gallons Per Day (MIGD) Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) based desalination plant in Jebel Ali.

The contract was awarded to the joint venture of Acciona Agua and Belhasa Six Construct (BeSIX).

This plant will be developed as a brown field seawater desalination plant and associated facilities, with selected desalination technology being Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO), two (2) pass RO, including pre-treatment facilities.

It is expected to be commissioned in May 2020 to meet the peak water demand in the region for the year 2020 and beyond.

Image: Acciona to build two drinking water treatment plants in Nicaragua. Photo: Courtesy of Acciona.