Major water PPPs announced in Mexico

Major water PPPs announced in Mexico

October 30, 2020 | By Hernán González Estrada and Dante Trevedan in Mexico City

The Mexican government issued international public tenders this week for the award of two  major public private partnership (PPP) water projects in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.

First, the Los Cabos Municipal Water and Sanitation Agency (Organismo Operador Municipal del Sistema de Agua Potable, Alcantarillado y Saneamiento de Los Cabos, OOMSAPAS) asked for bids PPP to develop a new desalination plant near Los Cabos.

The project will supply 250 litres per second of drinking water to the wider Los Cabos area for 25 years.  Bidders are expected to cover the design, construction, equipment, operation and maintenance.

While not included in the official bid call documents, public sources suggest that up to 49% of the total investment amount will be guaranteed by a Mexican development bank. The winning bidder will provide the remainder.

Full technical, financial and legal requirements for bidders are outlined in the bidding guidelines that are available through February 5, 2021. Other key dates in the process include:

Information meeting and site visit

November 4, 2020

First Q&A session

November 24, 2020

Second Q&A session

January 15, 2021

Submission of proposals

February 5, 2021

Award

March 17, 2021

Contract execution/construction-start date

May 17, 2021

In addition to the desalination project, OOMSAPAS also issued an international public tender for a 10-year contract to improve the water management network in Los Cabos. The bidding guidelines for this project are also available through February 2, 2021. Other key dates in this process include:

Site visit

November 5-6, 2020

First Q&A session

November 24, 2020

Second Q&A session

January 15, 2021

Submission of proposals

February 8, 2021

Award

March 18, 2021

Contract execution

May 13, 2021

OOMSAPAS will pay for the work under these contracts on a monthly basis.  More details can be found in the bidding guidelines.