FCC Aqualia enters Qatar with a water sewerage contract for eur 300 million

FCC Aqualia, the Citizen Services Group’s water management subsidiary, was the successful bidder of the tender valued at EUR 300 million for the management of the sewerage system in Al Dhakhira (Qatar) for the next 10 years. This contract represents the Spanish company’s entry into the Emirate of Qatar, rounding off its presence in this zone, after winning tenders in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

The consortium composed of FCC Aqualia (through its subsidiary, Aqualia MAVE) and the South Korean company, Hyundai, has successfully tendered for a project consisting in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facilities, wastewater pumping stations, transfer pumping station and collectors associated with the city of Al Dhakhira in Qatar. This city is located on the east coast of Qatar, some 60 kilometres from Doha, the capital. The new treatment plant will handle an average flow of 56,200 m3 per day and provide service to a population of more than 200,000 residents.

The project was commissioned by the Ashghal organisation (Public Works Authority), pertaining to the Government of the State of Qatar, which is in charge of sewerage and wastewater treatment issues. The new sewerage system project for this city in Qatar was awarded under a tender procedure in which nine of the main companies from around the world in this sector participated, in addition to the Spanish-Korean consortium, including the Spanish companies Cadagua, Acciona and Ferrovial and multinationals such as Daewoo, Samsung and Marubeni.

This new contract is the third for FCC Aqualia in this region, after the sewerage management contract in Abu Dhabi for the city of Al-Ain and the contract in Riyadh (the Saudi capital) for enhancing the efficiency of the supply network. With this contract, the Group’s water subsidiary consolidates its presence in the Middle East and becomes the most wide-spread Spanish company in the region specialised in management of the integral water cycle.
The tender-winning consortium will deploy the latest technology in sewerage and wastewater treatment, using more than 35 kilometres of pipes, with peak flows (with maximum wastewater treatment) of 168,000 cubic metres (equal to 66 Olympic pools) and a wastewater tank with capacity for 84,000 cubic metres.

Among the worldwide leaders

FCC Aqualia is the water management company at FCC, one of the leading citizen services groups in Europe. The company is the Spanish leader in its sector, the third private water company in Europe and the sixth in the world, according to the latest ranking by the specialist publication, Global Water Intelligence (GWI), and it handles 23.5 million users.

It currently provides service to 1100 towns in 20 countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Algeria, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, China, Tunisia and now Qatar. FCC’s water management subsidiary has revenues of EUR 950 million (2013 year-end) and last year reached a record business portfolio of more than EUR 14,000 million.