Mar 15, 2007

Veolia Water Wins Seawater Desalination Contract

Paris—Veolia Water has won a contract for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a seawater desalination plant using reverse osmosis. The plant will be located at Campo de Dalías in the province of Almeria in southern Spain.

The Campos de Dalías project is part of the national desalination plant program launched by the Spanish Ministry for the Environment through Acuamed, the public water agency responsible for the development of the plan.

The contract covers the construction of the desalination plant, followed by its operation for 15 years.

The water produced will be used for mixed usage: drinking and irrigation. The plant will have a daily capacity of 80,000 cu meters of drinking water upon delivery, which is scheduled for the summer of 2009. Campo de Dalías will be the fourth biggest seawater desalination unit in Spain.

To reduce electricity consumption, Veolia Water will use the latest Isobar energy recovery technologies. These were previously selected and implemented by Veolia Water at the Ashkelon plant. In addition, solar panels will be fitted on the buildings. Together, these will meet the plant’s power needs for everything except the desalination process.