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Colombia Wastewater Draws Heavy Competition

02 June 2015
Research Note

On 4 May 2015, Abiensa, Abengoa’s EPC group, announced two awards in Colombia totaling US$32 million. The US$23 million water treatment and supply system for the city of Yopal will provide 67,000 m3/d of water. The second contract is for a US$9 million, 14,000 m3/d wastewater treatment plant in the municipality of Madrid. Abiensa will be responsible for the design, construction, assembly, and commissioning of the facilities.

The awards are significant as Colombia, under a national initiative to address wastewater pollution impacting its rivers, proceeds with bidding for three large wastewater plants totaling 1.8 million m3/d of new capacity, with tenders scheduled in 2015-2016.

Bogota’s US$400 million El Salitre wastewater treatment plant upgrade is currently in the pre-qualification review phase. The pool of bidders has been reduced to four consortia from an original list of 18 bidding companies. Once awarded– planned for second half of 2015– the winning consortium will have 36 months to complete the work. The largest, Canoas WWTP in Bogota expected to add 1.2 million m3/d, is due to be tendered in 2016. The 345,000 m3/d Cañaveralejo WWTP in Cali will be tendered in late 2015.


  • Global EPCs feast on Colombia wastewater market
  • Abengoa finds footing in Colombia
  • Colombia wastewater infrastructure build-out to top US$4 billion

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