The Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, through Sanesul, has announced plans to carry out a R$1.7 billion (US$425 million) sewerage public-private partnership (PPP) project.
According to sources, the state has a 10-year plan to reach universal sewerage services. This would represent a reduction of 35 years from the previous plan, which established a period of 45 years to reach the same objective.
Sanesul is currently selecting a PPP model to carry out the project. Once the model is selected, it is understood that the state will launch a request for expression of interest to develop technical and economic feasibility studies for the project.
Sanesul is a state-owned company which is engaged in the operation of water supply systems in Mato Grosso du Sol, covering 125 localities, 68 municipalities and 57 districts. The firm has 20 water treatment plants, 357 active wells and 35 water treatment stations.
Mato Grosso do Sul, which has a total area of 357,125 km², is one of the Central-Western states of Brazil. The economy of the state is largely based on agriculture and cattle-raising.