Environmental Protection

Veolia Wins Contract for Australia's Water Recycling

Veolia Water, together with AquaNet Sydney Pty Ltd (part of the Jemena Ltd group) has signed a contract with the Sydney Water Corporation for the first private scheme for recycled water to a network of multiple industrial users in Australia, according to a Sept. 25 press release.

The contract, which forms part of the New South Wales Government's initiative, plans to reduce demand on Rosehill and Camellia's drinking water supplies in western Sydney. Representing an estimated cumulated turnover of 122 million Euros ($200 million AUD) for Veolia Water, the contract, for a period of 20 years, is a build, own, and operate project for the Rosehill and Camellia Recycled Water Plant. It will produce an annual 4.3 billion liters of highly treated water for major industrial customers. The plant will be specifically designed to cope with any future higher demand and will be able to produce an extra 3 billion liters of recycled water per year for other industrial requirements.

The first stage of construction is due to commence in early 2009, when Veolia Water's subsidiary, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies will be responsible for the construction of a water recycling installation which will have a capacity of 20,000 cubic meters per day. Veolia Water will be investing 30 million Euros to finance the project, and will thereafter assure the plant's operation for 20 years.

AquaNet will design, build, own, and operate the network comprising two pump stations and three reservoirs connected by 20 kilometers of pipeline. A portion of this pipeline network uses existing yet redundant gas pipe infrastructure.

Outlining the importance of this contract, Antoine Frérot, chief executive officer of Veolia Water said, "These installations will supply recycled water of high quality to industrial consumers to the West of Sydney, thus relieving pressure on natural resources and economizing 4.3 billion liters of drinking water for population needs."

With 82,800 employees, worldwide, Veolia Water provides water services to 78 million people and wastewater services to 53 million.

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