Black & Veatch has signed a contract to work on a four-year consultancy program to improve urban environmental management in Luizhou, the industrial center of the Guangxi Zhuang Zu Autonomous Region in China. Implementation of the Liuzhou Environmental Management Project will help land and water resources in the city recover from environmental degradation by improving wastewater management and treatment, the collection and transfer of solid waste and public lavatories.
“This contract is a direct result of Black & Veatch’s successful performance on the Guangxi Urban Environment Project, which is based in the two other urban centers in the Region,” said Black & Veatch business development director Yanhua Wang. “Because of our successes on the project and our reputation for implementing similar World Bank-funded projects throughout China, the client could see the advantages and value that the company will bring to this assignment.”
Funded by a loan from the World Bank, along with contributions from various levels of China’s government, the project will be executed by the Project Management Office of the Liuzhou Environment Management Project.
With a population of approximately 1.5 million, Liuzhou is the second largest city and the industrial center of the Guangxi Zhuang Zu Autonomous Region. An increasing population is placing the city’s urban infrastructure under stress, and the Liujiang River, which acts as the principal water source for Liuzhou, is heavily polluted as a result of untreated industrial and municipal drainage discharges into the river.
Black & Veatch will be responsible for providing consultancy advice on design review and construction supervision for this long-term urban environmental services improvement program, which will include the construction of four wastewater treatment plants, a municipal solid waste transfer station, 42 waste collection stations and just over 60 public lavatories. The project also includes a creek rehabilitation project and procurement of waste hauling and sanitation trucks and related repair equipment. The project is scheduled for completion in 2009.