Spain's environment ministry announced last Friday that after almost six months of stoppage, work has started again on Nerja's waste water treatment plant.
The company overseeing the project, Isolux-Corsán-Corviam, which declared bankruptcy at the beginning of July, led to uncertainty over the completion of the project, which is 76 per cent finished and is valued at 23,4 million euros. Isolux-Corsán-Corviam declared bankruptcy with a debt of more than 1.6 billion euros.
SUR has learned that the treatment plant itself is 96 per cent complete, while a pumping station at Burriana beach and mains collectors around the town need to be put in place.
The company is currently in the process of finalizing the work timetable with the environment ministry, which includes the installation of the urban mains collectors, and the construction of the pumping station Burriana beach as well as the underwater pipeline.
The treatment plant will have the capacity to treat up to 25,000 cubic metres of waste water per day - enough for a population of 100,000 people, once complete. In addition the project will also mean that the province of Malaga will have a zero per cent record on dumping raw sewage into the sea.
The construction works began in January 2014, with a 30 month period of implementation, meaning it should have been completed more than a year ago. However, an extension to the project, which was not envisaged in the original plan and which involves adding eight additional pipelines, has meant delays and an extra cost of 2.2 million euros.
Mayor of Nerja, Rosa Arrabal, told SUR in an interview that while she is “concerned” about the paralysis she expressed her “satisfaction” that work has resumed. However, she added that she would be “cautious” until “the Ministry's final timetable is known”. Arrabal claims that that despite town hall and local business associations putting pressure on the ministry they “do not send a response”.