Veolia wins contracts in France, Saudi Arabia

July 1, 2008
Water Solutions & Technologies unit, won two design-build contracts by SIAAP, the wastewater authority for Paris, worth €224.1 million.

Water Solutions & Technologies unit, won two design-build contracts by SIAAP, the wastewater authority for Paris, worth €224.1 million.

As leader of the consortium for both projects, it will be in charge of bringing the 1.7 m3/day Seine Aval WwTP in Achères into compliance with the EU’s Urban Wastewater Directive. Veolia also will execute the second section of the Seine Grésillons WwTP in Triel sur Seine to triple the plant’s capacity and bring it into compliance with the EU Framework Directive and French Water Act. In other news, Veolia Water AMI won the first-ever private operator contract, worth €40 million, from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Water & Electricity for water production, distribution and wastewater in Riyadh. Lastly, Veolia ES Industrial Services Inc. acquired Pacific Liners, a full service pipe and sewer line restoration company, founded in 1993 in Vacaville, California, USA.

Severn Trent Services awarded further contract in Spain

The TETRA LP Block filter underdrain system from Severn Trent Services was selected for use in pre-treatment filtration at a desalination plant under construction in Torrevieja, Spain.

Built by UTE IDAM Torrevieja, a joint venture of Acciona Agua, Acciona Infraestructuras and Romymar, it will initially provide 240,000 m3/day of treated water when commissioned in 2009.

The filter underdrain will form the floors of the rapid gravity sand filters that treat seawater prior to desalination by RO membranes.

In other news, Severn Trent signed a new five-year contract to supply Ajusta bayonet boundary boxes to the UK’s Yorkshire Water Services.

SUEZ wins award

Frost & Sullivan recognized SUEZ Environment with its 2008 Frost & Sullivan Award for Best-in-Class Water & Waste Services in Developing Economies.

The honor cites SUEZ’s contributions in emerging economies of Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In other news, SUEZ signed a $54 million Gary, Indiana, USA, wastewater contract. It also sent two water experts and four treatment units for China earthquake relief. And its local partner AcwaPower Development won a contract worth $61 million to manage water and wastewater services for the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Making Waves

Among other recent water industry news items at, see:

  • GE Water to reduce water, carbon footprint for Alberta oil producers
  • AMEC to acquire Geomatrix Consultants for £43.0 million
  • Hydranautics names Brett Andrews as president, COO
  • Membrana launches Chinese, German website portals
  • Germany’s Federal Cross of Merit awarded to AUMA founders
  • Ashland updates water joint venture business name in India
  • ABB drives to power UK’s largest pumping station
  • MWH appointed to United Utilities’ Shell Green project
  • KSB to supply 46 pumps for Sydney desal plant
  • Business Week touts IDE Technologies global desalination efforts
  • Turks and Caicos Islands utility picks Elster AMCO Water’s evolution™ AMI
  • Calgon Carbon awarded C$8.8 million Montreal UV contract
  • Black & Veatch appointed to UK’s Severn Estuary consortium
  • Northern Ireland Water’s £13 million upgrade at Whitehouse WwTW done
  • Tata signs IT contract with Scottish Water worth £60 million
  • Welsh Water picks Primavera to manage £915 million capital program
  • CleanAir Technologies secures €5.6 million FGD contract in Denmark
  • Solar pump from Mono NOV brings running water to Gambian school
  • CULTEC stormwater chambers chosen for Costco in Mexico
  • Doosan Hydro Technology recognized by GWI, IDA
  • Australia’s Bundamba Project earns top honors at Global Water Awards
  • Hydro International acquires Eutek Systems
  • Eco-Tec wins CBNG produced water treatment system contract
  • Germany’s Schauenburg Group acquires Sensidyne Inc.
  • NSF International opens regional headquarters in Thailand
  • ELGA introduces water treatment plant rental service
  • Wall Street Journal article on Dubai sewage woes highlights BioShaft
  • KEMA to optimize Bahrain EWA maintenance electricity network
  • ROCOL service helps keep Glasgow’s SMW renewable fuel on stream
  • UCS Civils wins 2-year extension on Anglian Water framework agreement
  • AVK provides valves for Mexican water supply expansion
  • Low Carbon Accelerator Ltd. commits £750K more for Eco-Solids Int’l
  • Morgan Est JV scoops Considerate Constructors Award for Belfast sewer
  • Thames Water awards Rotork third term valve actuation framework
  • Insituform touts pressure pipe renovations across UK
  • BioteQ begins second of six projects with Chinese joint venture
  • Pall Corp. unveils Technical Innovation Center in China for Life Sciences
  • SPX’s Bran + Luebbe wins Azerbaijan contract for chemical injection packages
  • Frost & Sullivan: Residential water treatment, bottled water strong in Europe
  • ABS Turbocompressor takes Aussie oxidation ditch to higher efficiency
  • Foster Wheeler to supply two waste heat recovery units in Australia
  • Weir Strachan & Henshaw sold to Babcock International for £65million
  • Kathabar opens sales office in Netherlands
  • CIWEM releases Journal of Flood Risk Management
  • Abu Dhabi will supply water, electricity to northern emirates
  • Ofwat recommends opening UK water, sewerage markets to competition
  • CDM launches $36M U.S. Navy wastewater treatment upgrade on Guam
  • Sulzer wins key South Africa power project, North Sea Chevron contract
  • Dow technology selected to help alleviate water shortages in Cyprus

    Field Notes

    IRELAND: Industrial Development Agency of Ireland celebrated the new IBM Centre of Excellence for Water Management in Dublin. One of its first projects is collaboration with Ireland’s Marine Institute on its SmartBay project, a research, test and demonstration infrastructure for monitoring and managing aquatic environmental data at Galway Bay.

    UK: Earth Tech secured a £5 million contract for flood damage repair at a water and waste treatment works in South Yorkshire to commence this summer. In June 2007, Yorkshire Water’s Aldwarke facility was severely affected by floodwater that rose to depths of 2.5 metres across the whole site damaging a number of components, many beyond repair.

    ITALY: Almost two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africa’s rural poor could benefit from investment in water, a new UN report finds. The jointly commissioned report, “Water and the Rural Poor,” was presented by the UN Food & Agriculture Organization and International Fund for Agricultural Development at the 16th UN Commission on Sustainable Development held recently in Rome.

    ALGERIA: Electrolytic Technologies Corp. won a new engineering and support contract from Sarl les Moulins de Rusicadia (SMR), Algeria, for the supply of a 10 TPD chlor-alkali plant for production of 12.5% sodium hypochlorite. SMR will supply customers sodium hypochlorite in bulk tankers as well as packaged product at this new location.