Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies wins United Utilities wastewater sludge incineration contract

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, in a 50/50 joint venture of Veolia Water and Costain Ltd., was awarded a contract by United Utilities valued at an estimated turnover of £45 Million for Veolia Water, for the Mersey Valley Processing Centre, a major wastewater sludge incineration scheme at Shell Green, in Widnes, Cheshire, UK. MVPC is United Utilities' dewatering and incineration centre in North West England, which dewaters digested sludge and operates two incineration operations...

PARIS, Nov. 13, 2007 -- Veolia Water is pleased to announce yesterday that its subsidiary, Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, in a 50/50 Joint Venture with Costain Ltd, has been awarded a contract by United Utilities valued at an estimated turnover of around £45 Million (€65 Million) for Veolia Water, for the Mersey Valley Processing Centre (MVPC), a major wastewater sludge incineration scheme at Shell Green, in Widnes, Cheshire, UK.

MVPC is United Utilities' dewatering and incineration centre in North West England, which currently dewaters digested sludge and operates two streams of incineration to burn approximately half of the sludge received at the site.

The new Stage 2 Design and Build project is to replace existing plate presses and increase sludge de-watering capacity using centrifuges to 86,724 TDS maximum throughput, and to increase incineration capacity by adding a third (autothermic) stream of 45,600 TDS pa. The process has three-stage flue gas cleaning using electro-static precipitators (ESP's), two stage wet scrubbing and tertiary polishing with pre-coated PAC/Lime absorbent bag filter prior to discharge to a new flue stack. This will ensure the facility emissions comply with the PPC permit for the plant.

Energy in the flue gases will be recovered in a waste heat boiler to generate steam and maximise electricity generation through a new steam turbine. The project also incorporates sludge blending facilities, centrate treatment plants, odour control and associated building and civil construction works. The Project is due to be completed for Spring 2010.

Commenting on the contract, Jean-Michel Herrewyn, Managing Director of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies said, "We are delighted to have been chosen together with Costain Ltd for this very important project. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies is highly specialised in turnkey design/build projects, and we draw upon an unsurpassed knowledge of innovative solutions to meet client demands."

Veolia Water (www.veoliawater.com), 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. Veolia Water serves 108 million people worldwide. With 70,700 employees, its 2006 revenues amounted to €10,08 billion. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS) is the technology subsidiary of Veolia Water. The company specializes in the engineering, design and construction of turnkey facilities, and creates technological solutions that are integral to these units.

Veolia Environnement (www.veolia.com) is world leader in environmental services. With more than 300,000 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 €28.6 billion in 2006.

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