Nerja treatment plant remains up in the air after further financial setbacks

  • The project is only 95 per cent complete leaving Nerja as the only Costa del Sol town which continues to pour untreated sewage back into the sea

Work to Nerja’s waste water station remains at a standstill after details emerged of financial problems faced by Isolux-Corsán-Corviam, the firms responsible for the execution of the project.

Since 29 March this year the company has made it known that it is facing bankruptcy, with debts to the tune of four billion euros and payroll of some 5,000 workers.

The news coincided with Easter week celebrations, when Nerja town hall ordered work to stop so as not to interrupt the holiday week and processions.

Despite the whole project being 95 per cent complete, vital work to connect a number of collectors to the mains pumps as well as putting in place a pump in the Burriana beach area of the town remain unfinished.

The major delays to the waste water station project, which was due to be finished a year ago, means that Nerja continues to hold the dubious honour of being the only coastal town along the Costa del Sol that continues to pour untreated sewage straight into the sea.

The Unión Temporal de Empresas (UTE), which is formed by Isolux, Corsán and Corviam said: “ICC hopes to resolve its financial situation in the near future, which will allow it to complete the works within the planned timescale.”

Sources at Spain’s Environment ministry, which is wholly responsible for the financing and managing the works, valued at 23.4 million euros, told SUR the project is still “set to be complete, including the test phase, by the end of 2017.”