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Hitachi Veolia JV wins $221m Iraq desal plant deal

Consortium bags follow up order for plant in Basra.

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Hitachi, Veolia and Egyptian engineering firm ArabCo have received a $221mn deal for pretreatment and surrounding facilities at a desalination plant in Iraq.

This is an additional contract following the order in January for construction of the plant in Basra, as well as operation and maintenance (O&M) over a period of five years.

Water intake will be pretreated to reduce the salt content at Bassora, a town located on the estuary for the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, before supplying the largest reverse osmosis desalination plant in Iraq.

Construction of the 200,000cm3 per day facility is scheduled to be complete in April 2017 and will be undertaken with loan assistance from the Japanese government, Hitachi said.

Kunizo Sakai, vice president and executive officer and president & CEO of Hitachi's Infrastructure Systems Company, said: “Hitachi has an extensive track record and expertise in the delivery of water treatment plants throughout the world, and we look forward to contributing to the maintenance and improvement of the water environment in Iraq by putting in place reliable water infrastructures.”

Jean-Michel Herrewyn, senior executive vice president, Global Enterprises, Veolia, added: “This plant, which combines pretreatment, high-level membrane filtration and desalination, will significantly improve the quality of drinking water provided to the city of Basra and will eliminate spikes in salinity caused by tides and winds.

"Veolia is committed to developing access to resources and delivering reliable solutions to help cities deal with water scarcity while pursuing their economic development.”

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