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11.03.2008

Aragón government awards Befesa contract to modernise the San Blas de Fonz irrigation association in Huesca (Spain)

SIRASA, the public rural infrastructures company of the Aragón regional government that is responsible for managing rural projects and services in the Aragon region, has awarded Befesa Agua the contract worth more than €4.5 million to modernise the San Blas de Fonz irrigation association in Huesca, using spray irrigation, in a joint venture with Drenajes y Construcciones.

The works affect the municipalities of Estadilla and Fonz which are between the regions of Cinca Medio and Somontano. Crops grown in the area include alfalfa, maize, sunflowers, various fruiting trees and wheat, all of which have significant water requirements. The association’s more than 880 hectares are currently irrigated by flooding using sluice gates from irrigation channels in the area.

The contract comprises the transformation of the current irrigation system into a pressure-based spray system. It also includes the outlet from the Canal de Aragón y Cataluña, a control reservoir of 118,000 cubic metres and a pumping station with a capacity to pump more than 800 litres per second. The project will optimise water use, increase its effective availability for crops, improve supply reliability and flexibility as well as leading to significant improvements for the environment by preventing the potential contamination of water courses from fertilizer leaching.

Befesa Agua has more than 60 years of experience in this sector, during which time it has participated in transforming irrigation associations and modernising the irrigation systems of more than 500,000 hectares, in addition to this new contract. The company’s most recent projects include the construction and operation of the infrastructures in Phase 1 of the irrigation area of the Canal de Navarra, which covers more than 23,500 hectares; and the improvement of a section of the Xerta- Sènia irrigation canal in Tarragona, which includes the modernisation of 16,500 hectares.