New drinking water network for 160,000 people in Nicaragua


How Saint-Gobain PAM expertise helped provide drinking water to communities in Nicaragua

The Nicaraguan Public Authority for Water and Sewerage, Empresa Nicaraguense de Acueductos y Alcantarillado (ENACAL), supported by the Spanish Cooperation Agency, the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Union, has relied on Saint-Gobain PAM’s technical solutions and supply chain expertise to deliver the whole range of products for a drinking water network on the Caribbean coast. Overall, the achievement of this collaboration will allow over 160,000 people secure and continuous access to drinking water.

Several challenges were mastered by Saint-Gobain PAM:

  • Main port of Nicaragua is Puerto Corinto on the Pacific Coast: the road from Puerto Corinto to Bilwi is 350km long without asphalt and in a tropical region where monsoon and hurricanes are frequent.
  • Puerto Cabeza draft (5-7m) is not workable for bulk vessels, so barges had to be brought from another port, located a bit further in the South (Bluefields). The pipes were transshipped from the bulk vessel on the 3 crates and then unloaded on the wooden peer to be installed on trucks. Eventually the stockyard was located 5 km outside the city.
  • The last but not the least challenge to overpass was the production deadline: the 10,000 tons of pipes, fittings, valves and accessories had to be delivered in Bilwi within 6 consecutive months after the contract was signed.

The Official Ceremony took place on April 27th 2016, with the honorable presence of Mr. Rafael CARRANZO, Spanish Ambassador; Mr. Kenneth BELL, Head of the EU in Nicaragua; Mr. Eduardo NUNEZ, Investment project Manager and Mr. José Manuel MARISCAL, General Coordinator of the Nicaraguan Office.

Saint-Gobain PAM is proving its commitment to its client and society, as all stakeholders of this project are proud to be part of such an historic landmark, which aims at providing to the whole region a better quality of life.

Project specification

Place of the projectBilwi
Public contracting authorityThe Empresa Nicaraguense de Acueductos y Alcantarillado (ENACAL)
Quantity10,000 tons of pipes, fittings and accessories
Date2015 - 2016
DiameterDN 800 - 900


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Pipes, fittings, joints and accessories for all work site configurations and geographical terrains