Search filter
Tags
Tags
Back

Aqualia will develop the Guaymas desalination plant with a project that will strengthen its presence in Mexico

15/01/2018

Aqualia will develop the Guaymas desalination plant with a project that will strengthen its presence in Mexico

  • Aqualia’s proposal, which will benefit about 100,000 citizens, has been most highly valued of the four submitted to public tender
  • The construction and management of the plant, for a total period of twenty years, will bring 110 million euros to the company's portfolio
Aqualia will develop the Guaymas desalination plant with a project that will strengthen its presence in Mexico

Aqualia will carry out the Guaymas desalination plant in the Mexican state of Sonora, which includes design, fittings, construction and commissioning, as well as operation and maintenance for a total period of 20 years. The State Water Commission of the State of Sonora, in Mexico, has selected Aqualia's offer on the basis of its technical and economic aspects. The project represents a total portfolio of around 110 million euros.

The Guaymas desalination plant will serve approximately 100,000 equivalent inhabitants of the municipalities of Guaymas and Empalme, located in the Gulf of California, in the State of Sonora, in Mexico.

Once in service, the new infrastructure will produce up to 18,000 cubic metres per day. The plant will have a system of deep sea water wells, filtration and microfiltration, reverse osmosis, remineralization and impulsion to the distribution network.

With this contract, which Aqualia has been awarded over three other consortiums that have submitted to tender, the FCC group company will develop its third BOT project (Build, Operate, Transfer) in the Aztec country. Guaymas represents, in addition, the fourth desalination plant developed by Aqualia in Latin America, after the projects of Candelaria, Sierra Gorda and Huechún, in Chile under the EPC category (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) and, in some cases, with Operation and Maintenance.

Desalination is an interesting option to supply the population with drinking water in areas where there are no other viable alternatives. In this sense, Aqualia has extensive experience in the construction and management of this type of infrastructure, since it has participated in multiple projects of this type.

The United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2015. Water management (ODS No. 6 - Clean water and sanitation) is postulated as one of the key factors for improving the lives of citizens and, at the same time, taking care of the environment.

A world leader

Aqualia is the water management company of FCC, one of the leading citizen services groups in Europe. The company is the fourth private water company in Europe by population served and is among the top ten in the world, according to the latest ranking of the specialized publication Global Water Intelligence (GWI. Nov2017).

It currently serves 22.5 million users in 1,100 municipalities in 22 countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Algeria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Tunisia, Qatar, Oman, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama.

In 2016, the company billed 1,010 million euros and reached a business portfolio of close to 15,000 million euros.