IRAQ: A desalination plant for € 84 million
The world number one water Veolia Environnement announced that it won a contract worth € 84 million over 5 years to build a plant in Basra water desalination.
SITE- The contract was won in partnership with the Japanese conglomerate Hitachi and civil engineering company Egyptian ARABCO.
The plant will be capable of producing 200,000 cubic meters per day water consumption for the 2.3 million inhabitants of Basra, in southern Iraq. Water resources of this part of Iraq came indeed essentially the Euphrates, whose salinity is high, and the water of the Gulf .
This plant will have its own autonomous and totally electric generators to ensure continuity of service in a country subject to electricity shortages.
30 months work–
Construction will start in the first quarter and is expected to last 30 months. This contract will also contribute to the creation of 300 jobs in the construction of the plant , provided by ARABCO and 50 jobs for its operation for 5 years.
As part of its reconstruction , Iraq launched several modernization plans to ensure access to water , sanitation or waste treatment and energy.
Modernization of Basra, unique access to the sea and the country’s large platform in the oil and gas sector point is one of government’s priority for the economic development of Iraq.
Veolia won another contract in January for a plant with seawater desalination in Kuwait for 320 million euros. The group also announced in July a contract worth over 300 million euros for a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.