ARCADIS, the world’s leading natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, announced today that its Brazilian subsidiary, ARCADIS Logos, has won an extension from the Brazilian Ministry of National Integration of its program management contract for the São Francisco River Integration Project. The project is currently the largest water infrastructure project in Brazil and is conducted directly by the Brazilian federal government with a total investment in the order of US$ 6.4 billion. For ARCADIS the contract extension has a value of approximately US$ 35 million over a period of 33 months.
The total São Francisco project consists of two phases, together totaling almost 720km of channels. Phase one consists of two principal channels of 480 km and phase two consists of four derivation channels of 240 km, covering aqueducts, tunnels and reservoirs. Water will be pumped up to the arid basins, establishing a reliable source of drinking water with seasonal surpluses destined for irrigation. The system will alleviate water shortages in the states of Pernambuco, Ceará, Paraíba e Rio Grande do Norte (northeastern Brazil), and will benefit more than 12 million people.
ARCADIS Logos has been working on this project since its beginning in 2005 and under this extended contract will have more than 100 employees on site at the peak of the management activities. ARCADIS Logos will provide management and technical support including the general coordination, time and cost planning and control, procurement, engineering supervision and monitoring of environmental and construction works.
“Reinforcing our tradition of implementing infrastructure projects that contribute for the continuous development of our country, ARCADIS Logos continues playing an important role in making it possible to deliver such a vital element – water – to population in need in remote places of a country as large as Brazil”, said Manoel Antonio Avelino, CEO of ARCADIS Logos. He added: “This is the third time the Brazilian Ministry of National Integration is calling upon ARCADIS for the São Francisco River Integration Project. This reflects our proven expertise and experience in providing integrated consulting engineering and program management services to solve complex challenges, thereby improving the quality of life around the world.”