Veolia secures $437m Kuwait deal

French firm to build desalination plant at Az-Zour North complex

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Veolia Environnement, part of the French transport and engineering giant Veolia, has won a $437m (€320m) contract to build a new seawater desalination plant at the Az Zour North complex in Kuwait.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract will be delivered via a joint venture partnership with Hyundai Heavy Industries. It will see Veolia's subsidiary, Sidem, build a plant that will have a capacity to produce 486,400m3 of water per day. Meanwhile HHI will build a 1,500MW power station alongside it.

A deal has been entered into with the Kuwaiti government, which will buy all of the power and water generated at the plant for the next 40 years. Work was scheduled to start on site before the end of 2013, with the project due for completion in 2016.

The desalination plant is being delivered for a public-private partnership consisting of GDF Suez Energy, Sumitomo Corporation and Abdullah Hamad Al-Sagar and brothers.

Antoine Frérot, CEO of Veolia Environnement, said: "We are honoured to be working with Kuwait on its infrastructure policy to underpin its development and serve its growing population."

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