This new contract is a clear indication of the trust that Veolia Water has built through the previously awarded contract in August 2007 by the F2 IWPP Project Company for the construction of the two new desalination plants (RO and MED) for a value of €596 million($805 million). The desalination plants are part of the Independent Water & Power Project(known as F2 IWPP) which will also include a 2000MW power plant. The project is headed by a consortium set up by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) incollaboration with International Power Plc and Marubeni Corp which will operate and maintain all the facilities.
The originality of the desalination solution being built by Veolia Water lies in the combination of the two main different technologies that will be used simultaneously to meet the growing demand of the population and strengthen the region's development potentials. The Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant has a production capacity of 136,500m3/day and will be operated by Veolia Water while the Multiple Effect Distillation (MED) plant will be operated by Fujairah F2O&M Company. This innovative combination will allow optimal use of the electricitygenerated by the power plant, especially during the winter months.
"Veolia Water's capacity to tailor operation & maintenance solutions to meet client strategies and its ability to optimize human resources has enabled our company to win a second major contract with the same client within just four months of winning the design and build contract for the desalination plants in Fujairah. Our proven worldwide expertise and experience in Design & Build as well as Operation & Maintenance of plants for water treatment and distribution for growing populations is an underlying factor for our development."
Antoine Frérot, Chief Executive Officer for Veolia Water»
This Operation and Maintenance contract covers a period of 12 years, starting in the summerof 2010, and is in addition to a pre-operational period lasting 3 years. Veolia Water will assistthe International Power Plc and Marubeni Corp in improving all aspects of the RO plant aswell as in the coordination and preparation for the start-up of all operations.