Released under the GIC Framework
Paris, February 11, 2008 - Veolia Water, via its subsidiary Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, has won a contract in a consortium including Warbud, the Polish civil engineering company, and WTE, the German water company, to upgrade and extend the Czajka wastewater treatment plant in Warsaw, Poland.
Attributed by Warsaw's public water and wastewater authority following an international call for tenders, the contract is worth an estimated amount of approximately €500 million for the consortium, of which approximately €148 million is for Veolia Water.
The new plant will have the capacity to treat 435,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day, and up to 515,000 cubic meters per day in peak periods. With a population of 2 million inhabitants, Warsaw is being faced with considerable growth in its volumes of wastewater, which are well above the 200,000 cubic meter/day capacity of the current Czajka plant.
The upgrading and extension of the plant will be carried out in successive phases in order to enable the plant to continue operating throughout the period of the works, scheduled for completion at the end of 2010. After completion, Czajka will be the biggest wastewater treatment plant in Poland.
Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies will implement technologies developed by its subsidiaries OTV and Kruger to treate wastewater and eliminate odours through a chemical scrubbing system.
« "Growth in Eastern European countries is resulting in very significant demand to renew wastewater systems, which have to comply with European environmental standards and meet the needs generated by the increase in urban populations. Through this contract Veolia Water, already very present in this part of Europe, particularly in the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary, thereby consolidates its presence in Poland," said Antoine Frérot, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water. »
Veolia Water has been operating in Poland since 1990, offering services in the design, construction and installation of water production and wastewater treatment systems and equipment mainly in Krakow, Kielce and Rybnik. The company has also been providing 85,000 people with water and wastewater services as the operator for the municipalities of Tarnowskie Gory and Miasteczko Slaskie (Silesia) since 2002, and for the municipality of Woźniki since 2005.
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. Veolia Water serves 108 million people worldwide. With 77,800 employees, its 2006 revenues amounted to €10,1 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 (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) 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. www.veolia.com
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