Spanish-led consortium scoops UAE water project
73.3m Euro contract to manage Abu Dhabi's sewage and water system
A consortium led by Aqualia, FCC's water management subsidiary, and local company Mace has been awarded a contract to manage the sewage and water treatment system in Abu Dhabi. The seven-year contract, worth 76.3 million euro, was awarded by Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company.
This is the first water management contract to go to a Spanish company in the United Arab Emirates. It includes the operation and maintenance of more than 2,400 km of sewers, 68 wastewater-pumping stations and 19 wastewater treatment plants in the city of Al Ain (eastern Abu Dhabi, on the border with Oman) and the surrounding areas.
This contract strengthens FCC's presence (through Aqualia) in the Middle East, which is a strategic area for the company's global expansion. Aqualia has been operating since 2011 in Saudi Arabia, where it is implementing an innovative project to search for and repair leaks in Riyadh's water network in order to increase the network's efficiency.
Also in 2011, FCC (through its construction subsidiary) signed another strategic alliance with the company Abu Dhabi Commodore to bid jointly for infrastructure development projects in the UAE. Separately, in 2008, FCC's Austrian subsidiary, Alpine completed the construction of the Dubai Cricket Stadium. In January 2011, Alpine won a $111 million contract for the Borouge 3 expansion project in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.