In a press conference, Manuel Salas, Director, CIPRO, announced the company’s participation in three supervision and water treatment projects that will be developed in Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
Salas highlighted the importance of the Cutzamala system and the need for the company to develop its third branch along approximately 30km. The project will be developed by CONAGUA, and will require an investment of over US$59 million, benefitting over 21 million people. The project considers the reinforcement of pipes and the operative system, which has been working steadily for 40 years and supplies water to the Valley of Mexico area. Works started in April and will end in late 2023.
Salas mentioned that the government is looking to develop the country’s water infrastructure and foresees new projects of this kind, mainly in the north. He expects hydric projects to be considered in the third infrastructure package constructed between the government and the private sector.
CIPRO is a Mexican water infrastructure company focused on hydraulic, mechanical, electrical, geotechnical, topographical and architectural engineering and hydropower. Outside the country, the company is supervising the La Manija project, which is intended to supply drinking water to the city of Bogota, Colombia. According to Salas, this is the Colombian equivalent to the Cutzamala system in Mexico. This project started in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to be ready in 1H22.
Recently, the company won the contract to develop the drinking water supply, drainage and waste management project at a touristic complex in Cabo Rojo Pedernales, Dominican Republic, which is scheduled for 2023.
These three projects represent an investment of approximately US$250 million, which come from the governments of the countries where the projects are taking place. Salas said that despite the delays, the company has been able to continue its activities and remains optimistic about the projects’ results. The company has faced challenges in sourcing raw materials because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as inflation increases caused by the conflict in Ukraine.
“We have faced delays, mainly with the Colombian project, which we started during the pandemic. Part of the equipment, steel and valves are made in different countries and production pace was reduced, but this did not deter the project; it was just a few weeks,” Salas added.