nerja sewageNerja sewage project powers ahead

With work to complete Nerja’s new sewage system now well underway once again, there are hopes that testing will begin later this year and that the water treatment plant will be fully operational by the end of 2019. Work resumed in February following the collapse in July last year of one of the three firms in the consortium which won the construction contract.

The remaining collector pipes are being installed beneath a number of streets in the town, while work to build a pumping station at the eastern end of Burriana beach is well advanced. The pumping station at the mouth the Chillar river is understood to be almost complete, while the treatment plant itself on the road between Nerja and Maro is practically ready.

Isolux-Corsán, the largest construction firm contracted to build the facility applied for a creditor’s agreement on July 5 last year, halting progress for seven months. The Environment Ministry, who are funding the entire project, eventually agreed that the remaining members of the consortium could take over the contract, so avoiding a further delay if the contract had had to be re-advertised.

Work in the streets is likely to be completed early in July, but there have been concerns amongst businesses in the Burriana area about detrimental effects on trade caused by the construction works. The town hall has asked businesses for their “understanding and cooperation” in the completion of a project with a history stretching back over two decades.

Meanwhile, negotiations continue with the Ministry to cover work not included in the original project which will add an estimated €2.2 million to its existing bill of almost €23.3 million.