Governor Raúl Jalil and the Minister of Water, Energy and Environment, Alberto Kozicki, presided over the act corresponding to the opening of envelopes for the Lavalle – Catamarca Trunk Gas Pipeline Construction work.
The work has an official budget that amounts to almost 5 billion pesos. Last year there was a call for tender that was deserted. At that time the budget for the work was $3,000 million.
The bidders that presented themselves yesterday were Pablo del Carmen Ojeda SA with an economic offer of $5,788 million, SEMISA SA for $5,731 million and Mega SRL for $4,560 million.
It should be clarified that not only the economic offer is considered to determine the winner of the tender, but a detailed background analysis and other technical details that accompany the offer are also carried out. The final decision will rest with the national government.
In this sense, Minister Kozicki explained that it will be a gas pipeline of approximately 110 kilometers, starting at 10 inches, connected to the main trunk line, which is on Route 157, in the town of Lavalle. It will cross the towns of Las Cañas, Bañado de Ovanta, Alijilán, Manantiales, Los Altos and descend towards Amadores, to head along National Route No. 38 towards the Capital City, ending at the Felipe Varela roundabout.
In this context, he assured that the work period is 24 months and bids that improve said period will be considered.
“There will be an exit along the entire route that must be complemented with subsequent works for gas distribution. Currently, in all of Catamarca we have 23% of the population supplied with natural gas. With this, we hope to reach 65% of the population of Catamarca, because the west is still outside the system”, he expressed.
The minister pointed out that there is a huge expectation from the provincial government with the completion of this work for which the corresponding agreements were signed with the Nation. "We have the national guarantee in the financing and we hope that the work will be carried out quickly," he specified.