Veolia Water : Subsidiary wins new design-build-operate contract

Veolia Water, through Veolia Water India, has been awarded a new contract by the city of Nagpur, located in central India in the state of Maharashtra.

Worth an estimated cumulated 24 million Euros in total, the contract covers the design, build and operation, of a new water production plant for a period of 15 years. With a capacity of 240,000 m3/day, the plant will be equipped with Veolia’s Multiflo™ lamellar settling process.

Veolia Water has already refurbished and augmented another existing water production plant in Nagpur to increase its capacity from 113,000 m3/day to 136,000 m3/day. The company has also begun work on rehabilitating water distribution network in a pilot area of 15,000 customers to convert intermittent to a continuous 24 h/ 24 h water supply.  This new contract in Nagpur will allow Veolia Water to set up long-term operations in the region and to continue its work of implementing suitable technological and operating solutions to produce high-quality drinking water for the 2.5 million people in the city.

According to Antoine Frérot, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water, “In this part of the world where challenges associated with water have such great importance, Veolia Water’s assignment is to ensure that residents who currently only have running water intermittently for three hours a day, can at last have a continuous and perfectly healthy quality water supply.  In order to do this, we also need to take up the challenge of quality water, because this area is often affected by pollution from domestic, industrial and agricultural sources. The new plant will be the first in India to use our lamellar settling technologies.”

The construction phase for the production plant will last 30 months. It will then be operated by Veolia Water for 15 years.

Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialized in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, it is also one of the world's major designers of technological solutions and constructor of facilities needed in water and wastewater services. With 82,800 employees, worldwide, Veolia Water provides water service to 78 million people and wastewater service to 53 million. Its 2007 revenues amounted to €10.9 billion. Veolia Water India is a fully owned subsidiary of Veolia Water AMI (AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST AND INDIAN SUBCONTINENT). Veolia Water AMI is a subsidiary of Veolia Water (80,5%) and IFC (International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group), and PROPARCO (the subsidiary of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in charge of financing private investments in developing countries) .It provides water to 6 million people, wastewater to 2.8 million and electricity services to around 4.5 million. With more than 6500 employees worldwide, the company provides its partners technical and managerial expertise and tailored solutions developed in areas of water stress.

Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is world leader in environmental services. With more than 319 000 employees the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management and freight and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €32.6 billion in 2007.

Source: Veolia
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