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BRAZIL’S STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK, BNDES signed a R$53 million (US$26.8 million) credit contract with private Rio de Janeiro state water company Aguas de Niteroi on 21 November.
The vast business opportunities presented by the Brazilian water sector remain tantalisingly out of reach. Despite the best efforts of state economic development bank BNDES, privatisation of water and sanitation companies continues to be mired by administrative uncertainty and local politics.
RIO DE JANEIRO state governor Antony Garotinho has announced that his state will undertake the Barra de Tijuca outfall project in Rio de Janeiro’s western suburbs. The Rio state water company, Cedae, will carry out the work.
THAMES WATER has denied reports that it is to take a stake in Prolagos, the basic sanitation service concessionaire for the Lake District (Regiao dos Lagos) on the eastern seaboard of Rio de Janeiro state.
VIVENDI CHAIRMAN JEAN-MARIE MESSIER is to visit Brazil early in the new year to discuss the complete privatisation of Sanepar, the Paraná state water company, with state governor Jaime Lerner. Sanepar supplies 98% of the state of Paraná with water and sewerage services.
THE BOLIVIAN WATER SERVICES UTILITY, Aguas del Illimani has completed a draft feasibility study for the $52 million Choqueyapu river clean-up project.
To date 2000 has been something of a lost year for water projects in Mexico. Public and private sector plans have moved forward slowly or stalled completely. The election of PAN party candidate Vicente Fox has raised the prospect of change in the Mexican water sector. However, creating financing options for municipal infrastructure improvements remains a significant challenge.
THE PUBLIC UTILITY in the Mexican state of Baja California – CESPT – has reissued a tender worth $5 million for the modernisation and expansion of the San Antonio de los Buenos WwTP in Tijuana.
THAMES WATER has denied claims that it is getting cold feet about taking part in Brazil’s water industry privatisation process.
THE PRIVATISATION OF Companhia Espirito Santense de Saneamento (Cesan), the Espirito Santo state water company, is to resume.