Contract signed for $490M Mexican desalination plant
Aug 30, 2016 – Aguas de Rosarito (AdR), the special purpose project company owned by NuWater and N.S.C. Agua, has signed a public-private partnership contract with the state of Baja California, Mexico, for the design, construction, financing, and operation of a seawater desalination plant.
The $490M desalination plant, which will have a daily capacity of up to 100M gallons, will be constructed in two phases.
The first phase will have a daily capacity of 50M gallons and an aqueduct to the Mexican potable water system in Tijuana, Baja California. The second phase will have a daily capacity of 50M gallons and an aqueduct to a second delivery point in Tijuana.
As per the contract, AdR will operate and maintain the plant and aqueducts for 37 years starting from the commencement of operation on the first phase.
AdR has selected Degremont — a subsidiary of Suez Environmental of France — to design and construct the project.
Rick McTaggart, CEO of Consolidated Water, N.S.C. Agua’s owner, said: “The execution of a definitive agreement to design, construct, finance and operate the 100M gallon per day Rosarito Seawater Desalination plant in Baja California, Mexico is the culmination of more than six years of development work by the Company and its partners.”
Phase one is set to be operational within 36 months, while the second phase is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2024.