The works of the Nerja treatment plant will resume next week

The works of the Nerja treatment plant will resume next week

After several months of waiting and when the project adds more than three years of delay with respect to the date foreseen in the initial contract, next week the works will be resumed to complete the first Nerja treatment plant. Thus, at least, sources of the subdelegation of the central government in Malaga have stated this Friday, which have explained that the pending works, contemplated in a modified project, will be executed by the Lantania company, which was left with the action after bankruptcy of the winner, Isolux-Corsán-Corviam in 2017.

Pending actions include the installation of the submarine emissary on Burriana beach, as well as the connection of collectors in several urban sections, such as the Mirador del Bendito, the link between Jaén and Diputación street and Almería street, among other enclaves. It is expected that the pending work will last eight months, to which another six tests will have to be added, so that the plant will not be operational until the beginning of 2021, five years after what was initially foreseen in the contract.

The works add up to more than three years of delay with respect to the date originally foreseen in the award contract, signed in November 2013 with the company Isolux-Corsán-Corviam, for 23.24 million euros. The City Council informed last May that the execution of the treatment plant was at 90 percent, but the completion was conditioned to the modification in the project, valued at two million. The works of the WWTP have been delayed, fundamentally, by the financial problems of the company, which broke down in 2017.

The action is also pending the culmination of the electrical connection and the authorization of discharges into the sea by the Junta de Andalucía. Until the Nerja treatment plant does not enter the tests, the amount of the sanction imposed on the central government, from the European Union, will continue to increase for breaching the objectives of integral sanitation in 2011, at a rate of 1.5 million euros for each semester that It goes on without finishing the works. To this amount are added the 12 million that Spain has already paid for not having lists, among others, the treatment plant of the easternmost town of the province.

The project drafting and execution of the works of the first Nerja treatment plant were awarded by the Ministry of Environment at the end of 2012, with a budget of 23.24 million euros, which is fully financed by the central government. The preliminary draft, prepared by the Board, set the cost at 42 million euros. The plant will have a capacity to treat up to 25,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day, with tertiary treatment for later use, the equivalent of a population of 125,000 inhabitants.

The story of the long-awaited Nerja treatment plant starts firmly in 1996, when in one of its last Councils of Ministers the Government of Felipe González declared the works of general interest of the State. We had to wait until 2002 for the chosen lands to be ceded, after several options were considered. Then, the Aznar Executive proposed a 25% co-financed station by the Consistory and an open typology, something that the local PP government headed by José Alberto Armijo refused.

Between 2004 and 2011, during Zapatero's two terms, nothing was advanced. It was in 2012 when the draft prepared by the Board was approved by the Ministry. This document estimated the cost at 42 million. However, the works of drafting the project and execution of the works were awarded for 23.24 million. The expropriation of the land brought tail, since the courts condemned the Consistory to indemnify with 1.6 million two owners, who were not satisfied with the initial valuation, of about 500,000 euros. Payment was made between 2015 and 2016.

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