Mar 20, 2007

Veolia Water Wins Seawater Desalination Contract in Spain

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 Campo 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. It has a total value of around €128 million (US$170 million), of which consolidated revenue for Veolia Water is estimated at €78 million (US$104 million).

Within the consortium, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies will be in charge of the process components, and Spanish companies Sando, Inypsa and Montajes Electricos Crescencio Perez will be responsible for the construction, civil engineering and management components. On completion, Veolia Water will operate the plant.

The water produced will be used for both drinking and irrigation. The plant will have a daily capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of drinking water, (with a total of 30 million cubic meters/year), 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. In addition, solar panels will be fitted on the buildings.