Next Week Things Begin Moving

Sunday, October 13, 2019
By Hugh MacArthur

NRJ Sewage Plant Sept 2019Yes, you’ve heard it before but it now really looks like work on Nerja’s sewage-treatment plant will recommence, starting next week.

Three years behind schedule, work will swing back into action with a completion date eight months down the line, according to sources at the provincial Sub-Delegation for the Central Government in Málaga.

The company that has landed the modification work is Lantania. The original temporary union of companies, Isolux-Corsán-Corviam, went bust in the summer of 2017.

The pending work, then, is a seabed pipe leading out from Playa Burriana and the connecting up of several sewage collections points around the town, such as the Mirador del Bendito and the link ups between Calle Jaén, Calle Diputación and Calle Almería, amongst others.

Basically the now-approved, project modification includes eight of the eleven outlet points that had not been included in the original plan.

Although the construction work will take eight months, this will be followed by six months of trials, meaning that the sewage-treatment plant won’t actually come online until the beginning of 2021. Another summer of sewage off the beaches, then, still awaits us.

Until the plant fires up, the amount of the fines levied on Spain by the EU will continue to increase for not getting it sorted out by 2011. Therefore, it is costing Spanish taxpayers 1.5m euros every six months that the plant is not online. Add that to the 12m euros that Spain has already paid out in fines over this delay.

Editorial comment: a problem might be that this sewage-treatment plant has taken so long to come into being that the calculations original made for population growth are now obsolete to some extent; if it were originally conceived that the plant could cope with a population expansion for 25 years before needing to be enlarged, nearly a decade has already gone by without it being official opened.

(News: Nerja, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)

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