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FCC Aqualia wins $22mn Mecca wastewater deal

Spanish company lands three O&M contract for city's two largest treatment plants.

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Esther Alcocer Koplowitz, Chairwoman of FCC Group
Esther Alcocer Koplowitz, Chairwoman of FCC Group

FCC Aqualia has been awarded a EUR 20mn ($22mn) contract for the operation and maintenance of the two largest wastewater treatment plants in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

In consortium with the local company Alkhorayef Water and Power Company, the Spanish firm will manage facilities in Hadda and Arana in Mecca over three years.

The plants treat an average of 250,000 m3 per day of wastewater and a have a maximum capacity to treat 375,000 m3.

This is the third contract in Saudi Arabia that has been awarded to the water division of FCC, the Citizen Services Group, since it started work on the water network optimisation contract to the east of Riyadh in 2011.

The consortium between both companies will be jointly responsible for: the operation and maintenance of treatment facilities and units, including workshops, laboratories, electrical installations, service road status, security systems, supply, sanitation and drainage projects within the facilities, environmental maintenance of the facilities, laboratory team and conducting analyses.

In recent years FCC Aqualia has been selected to carry out various projects in the Middle East. In 2010 it was chosen to optimise the water supply network in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh.

Since January 2012, FCC Aqualia has been overseeing the water sanitation and purification in the eastern area of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which stretches 2,400 km in length.

In December of last year FCC, in conjunction with the companies EPC and Hyundai Rotem, began to operate in Qatar where it controls the sanitation of the city of Al Dhakira, located in the Qatari east coast, around sixty kilometres from the country's capital, Doha.

The project includes the construction and operation of a wastewater treatment plant to meet the needs of more than 200,000 citizens.

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