RWL-led Mexico seawater desalination project starts construction

A consortium of RWL Water Group and Mexico’s, Libra Ingenieros Civiles and RJ Ingenieria has begun construction of 22,000 m3/d reverse osmosis (RO) seawater desalination plant in Mexico’s Baja California.

Under the public private partnership between Baja California state and the consortium struck in November past year, the consortium will finance and deliver the US$ 32 million project through a build own transfer contract.

RWL Water be project manager, provide all the process design and process equipment, and operate the plant under a 30-year agreement.

Libra Ingenieros Civiles has been responsible for local agency permitting and provided design and equipment while RJ Ingenieria will design and carry out the civil engineering works.

The contract to build the plant in the important, export-produce agricultural region of San Quintin some 240 km from the San Diego border is understood to be the first approved under Baja California’s recently struck public-private partnership law.

The facility is one of two, similarly-sized RO plants under construction in Baja California. The other is in about 150 km away in Ensenada and scheduled to open in April 2017. And Baja California is looking into a second public-private partnership to build a third, much larger desalination plant.