New Wastewater Treatment Plant to Serve 1.5 Million People in Ecuador

  • EMAPAG, the municipal water and sewerage company of Guayaquil, Ecuador, has awarded ACCIONA the construction of the ‘Los Merinos’ wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in the north of the city.
  • The project, which includes the ‘Progreso’ wastewater pumping station, is valued at US$160 million (€140 million) and is financially backed by the World Bank.
  • The plant, which will serve 1.5 million people, is expected to take 42 months to complete.

The WWTP will include advanced wastewater treatment and sludge treatment processes and will have a capacity of 4 m³/s. The facility will help eliminate unpleasant odors in the area and therefore improve its environmental surroundings.

The project, financed by the European Investment Bank and executed by ACCIONA on a turnkey basis, had a budget of US$25 million (€22 million). The scheme is part of a program to provide universal sanitary sewerage services for one million people – a third of the total population of Guayaquil – from the center to the south of the city.

Rendering of the new waste water treatment plant. Image credit: ACCIONA

The ‘Los Merinos’ plant is ACCIONA’S fifth water treatment scheme and fourth wastewater treatment plant in Ecuador, where the company first opened its local office in 2012. This new contract strengthens ACCIONA’s position as one of the leading players in Ecuador’s water infrastructure sector and in large wastewater treatment schemes in Latin America.

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