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FCC Aqualia is awarded four contracts in Mexico and Chile worth a total of 108 million Euros


FCC Aqualia is awarded four contracts in Mexico and Chile worth a total of 108 million Euros

  • The company diversifies its activities in Latin America with projects linked to the mining and petrochemical industries


FCC Aqualia is awarded four contracts in Mexico and Chile worth a total of 108 million Euros

FCC Aqualia, the water management company of the Citizen Services Group, bolsters its position in Latin America after attaining four new contracts: two in Mexico and another two in Chile. The awarded contracts, achieved through the company's subsidiary, Aqualia Infraestructuras, consolidate its diversification, since they are related to supply and purification operations for the mining and petrochemical industries.

With these new contracts, valued at EUR 108 million, this FCC subsidiary further strengthens its position in these two countries, in which it has already undertaken important projects in recent years. For FCC Aqualia, these projects represent “another step forward in the company's diversification and they are proof of our know-how and capacity to take on challenges of diverse natures: providing water services to both the general population and to industry”.

The Cutzamala (Mexico) project faces the challenge of expanding their supply grid with another line in order to guarantee the supply of drinking water to areas on the outskirts of Mexico City. The system currently has a capacity to deliver 20 cubic metres of drinking water per second, making it the largest in Latin America.

Over the next two and a half years, FCC Aqualia, working in alliance with the Hermes Infraestructura group, will handle the construction of a steel pipeline measuring 2.3 metres in diameter, which will cover a distance of 18 kilometres. The contract is worth some EUR 66 million.

In turn, the Mexican corporation, Pemex, through its subsidiary, Pemex Gas, and Petroquímica Básicas, has awarded FCC Aqualia the project for renovation work on the intake system in the Mezcalpa River, in the state of Tabasco, which is used to supply water to the Cactus and Nuevo Pemex gas processing centres. A budget of EUR 15 million has been allocated to this project, which involves completely renovating the mechanical, electrical and automation systems, as well as the control measures for the collection and intake of water, with an installed capacity of 3.6 m3/sec., in addition to enhancing the civil engineering work.

Projects in Chile

FCC's water management company has also been chosen by the Chilean company, Codelco, to perform groundwater treatment services using a nanofiltration plant for the Ovejería hydraulic barrier in Huechún, Metropolitan Region (Chile).

The contract is worth EUR 12 million and the work will consist in the engineering, construction and commissioning of a nanofiltration plant with a production capacity of 100 litres per second, as well as operation and maintenance for a 12-year period. The aim is to ensure guaranteed quality water intake with a low dissolved salt content.

The Colina and Batuco communities, to the north of the Santiago de Chile metropolitan area, will benefit from the construction of the new Cadellada treatment plant, to be built by FCC Aqualia. The new plant, with a treatment capacity of 330 litres per second, will handle the needs of nearly 150,000 residents.

This turnkey project, valued at EUR 15 million, includes the design, equipment, construction, commissioning and temporary operation to take place over a year and a half. Subsequently, the company will offer operational assistance for one additional year.

Among world leaders

FCC Aqualia, the water management company of the Citizen Services Group, is the third largest private water company in Europe and sixth in the world, according to the latest ranking by the specialist publication, Global Water Intelligence, and serves 23.5 million users.

It currently provides service to 1,100 towns in 22 countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Algeria, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, China, South Africa, Tunisia, Qatar, Serbia and Kosovo.