Veolia Water to supply water, reuse treatment station for Petrobras

PARIS, France, Sept. 15, 2009 -- The Brazilian oil company Petrobras has awarded Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, under a 50/50 joint venture with Enfil, the complete supply and construction of a water treatment and reuse station at Abreu e Lima Refinery in Brazil...

PARIS, France, Sept. 15, 2009 -- The Brazilian oil company Petrobras has awarded Veolia Water's subsidiary Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, under a 50/50 joint venture with Enfil, a Brazilian water treatment engineering company, the complete supply and construction of a water treatment and reuse station at Abreu e Lima Refinery, in Ipojuca, Pernambuco State. The amount of this contract for Veolia Water is worth about 119 million Euros.

Currently under construction, the new refinery will produce primarily diesel fuel and will process heavy oil from Brazil and Venezuela.

The Abreu e Lima Refinery water treatment and reuse station will be able to provide 2100 m³ of filtered water per hour and 580 m³ of recycling water per hour for industrial use.

It is the twelfth project awarded by Petrobras to Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Brazil, including in particular in the last few months the water treatment plant at the REPAR refinery, or the wastewater treatment plant at the REVAP refinery.

The Abreu e Lima Refinery water treatment plant will also reuse approximately one third of the water consumed by the refinery. It will include a series of five units providing increasingly advanced treatments, in order to produce boiler feed and demineralized water, plus a dewatering sludge unit.

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies' processes will include flocculation and counter-current lamella settling with MULTIFLO™, Multi Media Filters and Granular Activated Carbon, Electro Dialysis Reversal and Ion Exchange resin system. Commissioning activities are expected to start in 2011.

Commenting on the contract, Antoine Frérot, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water said, "Petrobras, one of the largest companies in the Oil & Gas sector worldwide, awarded Veolia Water a new significant contract that requires all our technical expertise in water and reuse treatments for industrial needs. We believe these solutions are crucial to help our client meeting the challenge of optimizing production costs and addressing environmental concerns."

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 93,433 employees in 64 countries, Veolia Water provides water service to 78 million people and wastewater service to 53 million. Its 2008 revenue amounted to €12.6 billion. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies is the technological subsidiary of Veolia Water. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS) is a world leader in engineering and technological solutions in water treatment for industrial companies and municipal authorities. VWS is also one of the world's major design-build providers of water and wastewater treatment facilities. www.veoliawater.com

Veolia Environnement is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 336,000 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 €36,2 billion in 2008. www.veolia.com

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