Chile's public works ministry (MOP) will launch a tender for the concession of the US$84mn Marga Marga marina project in central region V next year, a ministry spokesperson told BNamericas.
The project involves the construction, maintenance and operation of a marina; the cleanup and dredging of Viña del Mar resort city's Marga Marga estuary to make it navigable; and the maintenance of the park's green areas, said the official, who asked not to be identified.
Flood prevention works will also be carried out to reduce the risk of floods in the city, which are common when heavy rainfall is registered.
The concessionaire will likely implement inflatable locks, similar to the ones included in the project to make capital Santiago's Mapocho river navigable, an idea promoted by President Sebastian Piñera's Futuro foundation.
The plan is expected to be carried out under a new model that allows concessionaires to compensate for their CO2 emissions through the expansion and improvement of green areas, the spokesperson added.
While details of the project are still to be released by the ministry, the contract is expected to be awarded for a 35-year period.