Canal de Isabel II puts Plan RED into action to replace 3,200 km of pipes in the Madrid region

This Plan falls within the framework of the publicly-owned company’s Strategic Plan 2030 and seeks to improve water quality. In the first stage, 1,500 km of pipes will be replaced within a period of four years. Acting President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, underlined “Canal de Isabel II’s commitment to ongoing enhancement of the service it provides to the residents of Madrid”. For this purpose, the company has opened the largest tender procedure in its history, with a total budget of €509 million.

Canal de Isabel II will replace 3,200 km of water pipes between now and 2030, within the framework of the Plan RED, which forms part of the Strategic Plan of the publicly-owned company. The objective of the Plan RED is to improve drinking water quality. Acting President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, and Executive Vice-President of Canal de Isabel II, Rafael Prieto, recently visited one of the work sites, located in Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana.

The first stage of the Plan RED will see the replacement of 1,500 km of pipes by 2024. The remaining 300 km will be replaced, either through existing contracts or through pending tender procedures.

One of the initiatives included in the Plan is the renovation of the network and upgrading of the distribution tunnel in the Paseo de la Castellana, where Canal de Isabel II will invest over €6 million in replacing 1.84 km of pipes between the following streets: Calle Felix Boix, Calle Raimundo Fernández Villaverde and Calle Joaquín Costa.

The execution of this very complex operation entails mining-type underground work, with eight access shafts arranged throughout the route, and the replacement of two pipelines with diameters of 700 and 900 mm with a single pipeline of 1,200 mm in diameter.

15% of the work scheduled in the Paseo de la Castellana has now been completed. The work is expected to be fully completed in the second half of 2020 and the upgraded infrastructure will benefit the 800,000 people supplied by this network.