Veolia Water Wins Contracts in Ireland

Veolia Water of Paris will design upgrades and operate two major wastewater treatment plants in Mullingar and Castlebar, Ireland, according to a Nov. 6 press release.

The two contracts form part of wider plans for the sustainable development of both towns, and are worth an estimated cumulative turnover of around €74 million for Veolia Water over 22 years.

The first contract, awarded by the Westmeath County Council, is worth around €48 million in total and is for the upgrade of the existing wastewater treatment works in Mullingar, near Dublin in County Westmeath. The plant currently serves 28,000 inhabitants. With steady demographic growth predicted for the region, the plant upgrade will be designed for 55,000 inhabitants and will include a sludge treatment center for 105,000 inhabitants and a pumping station with total design capacity of 4,852 l/s (4,500 l/sec of which is stormwater).

The second contract was awarded by Mayo County Council in Castlebar on the west coast of Ireland, for a total cumulative value of around €26 million. The project scope includes the Castlebar Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade from a 20,000 population equivalent (PE) plant to a 35,000 plant, including 10,000 PE from an industrial stream. The completed scheme will provide a modern sewage collection and treatment system that will eliminate pollution of the Castlebar River and enable the sustainable development of residential and commercial sectors.

Veolia Water will oversee the design and build part of the projects and will be responsible for the entire duration of the operation and maintenance phases of both projects. The company will be working with Ascon Ltd, as civil design-build subcontractor.

According to Antoine Frérot, chief executive officer of Veolia Water, "The award of these two contracts illustrates Veolia Water's expertise in meeting the priorities of local authorities. In Mullingar and Castlebar, the aim is to protect the quality of water and eliminate pollution while accompanying urban growth. This is essential for the good ecological recovery of water resources."

Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, specializes in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies.

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