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Argentina names contractors for diversion dam, canal projects

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina 1/10/12 (PennWell) -- Argentina's government has awarded contracts for rehabilitation work on the Los Molinos diversion dam and Rio Grande Canal.

Bids for the project, located in San Salvador de Jujuy in the country's Jujuy Province, were originally a package, but then split before being issued as separate tenders in August 2011.

A contract worth $121.6 million that was awarded to Benito Roggio e Hijos S.A. - Jose Cortellone Construcciones Civiles Inc. calls for work on the Los Molinos dam. The company will rehabilitate "civil, electrical and hydromechanical works to restore the operating capacity and ensure adequate conditions of stability," according to the award notice. Deadline for completion of the project is 24 months.

The Rio Grande Canal contract, awarded to Green S.A. - Casella S.A., is worth $91.7 million and envisages an 11-km concrete-lined canal with a capacity of 10 cubic meters per second. The rehabilitation work also includes the addition of a reinforced concrete side of gabions. Deadline for its completion is 14 months.

The original solicitation was valued at US$76.2 million for work on both the dam and canal. The latest issuance divides the dam, valued at $105.79 million, from the canal, valued at $80.3 million, an increase totaling nearly $110 million.


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