Suez wins €145M contract to build, operate India’s largest wastewater treatment plant

July 26, 2019
Contract provides for a 3.5-year design and construction phase of the plant in New Delhi, followed by an 11-year operation and maintenance phase.

NEW DELHI, JULY 26, 2019 -- Delhi Jal Board, the authority in charge of water management in New Delhi, has awarded SUEZ the contract to build and operate a wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 564,000 m3/day at Okhla, South of New Delhi, for a value of €145 million.

The contract provides for a three-and-a-half-year design and construction phase of the plant, followed by an 11-year operation and maintenance phase. The new plant will replace the old Okhla wastewater treatment plant and will be the largest of its kind in India. This contract is part of the Yamuna Action Plan III (YAP-III) to restore water quality for the heavily polluted Yamuna River, the main water resource for the capital. The project is funded 81% by Central Government and 19% by Delhi Government.

SUEZ will equip the plant with state-of-the-art wastewater treatment technologies to restore optimum water quality to the Yamuna river, in compliance with the latest national standards, requiring a total Nitrogen content of less than 10 mg/l. The processes deployed by the Group (Digelis Duo2™, Drainis Turbo™) will also significantly reduce the volume of the sewage sludge produced and facilitate their recovery into fertilizer for local agriculture and energy. The production of electricity from sludge recovery will thus cover 50% of the plant's needs.

For more than 30 years, SUEZ has been supporting large municipalities such as New Delhi, Bangalore and Calcutta, in the development of innovative solutions to preserve water resources, a growing challenge in a country facing rapid population growth and urbanization. We are proud of the renewed trust of the Delhi Jal Board, enabling us to build and operate this plant, that will be the largest wastewater treatment plant in India. This project allows us to combine technical expertise and customer orientation. It is a concrete example of our shared commitment, with the Delhi Jal Board, to provide quality drinking water and wastewater services to the inhabitants, and to preserve the environment. » said Ana Giros, Senior Executive VP of SUEZ Group in charge of the International Division. Saur becomes the first French water company to be certified compliant with the international ISO 37001 Anti-Corruption Management System Standard

On Monday 15 July, Saur was awarded ISO 37001 certification for its implementation of an anti-corruption management system. This makes Saur - a company dedicated to water service provision - the first French water industry stakeholder to be certified compliant with this standard, and only the seventh company in France.

In addition to ensuring full compliance with the French Sapin II legislation that tightened anti-corruption measures nationally, Saur took the decision in 2018 to embark on a process leading to ISO 37001 certification; the only internationally recognized standard currently in place.

The award of this certification recognizes the robustness of the systems implemented by the company, and further strengthens its ambition to conduct its business transactions in accordance with the best international standards of business ethics.

These systems apply to all Saur stakeholders, and will be assessed annually by the certification body ETHIC Intelligence to ensure the long-term implementation and effectiveness of the Group’s anti-corruption system.

Louis-Roch Burgard, Executive Chairman of Saur: “Today, the value of companies is also measured by their commitments. The Saur commitment to combating all forms of corruption is total and uncompromising, so we see the award of ISO 37001 international certification as a considerable strength in terms of our future growth”.

About Saur: As a longstanding water services leader, SAUR serves local authorities and industrial companies in the successful implementation of development projects in water supply and treatment, environmental services (engineering, infrastructure services). SAUR worldwide: presence Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Spain, Poland and Colombia. 2018 key figures: EUR 1.36 billion Group net revenue, 7,000 local authorities contracted, 9,000 employees and 12 million consumers in France and worldwide. More info :

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