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FCC awarded a water management contract in Abu Dhabi

18/01/2012

FCC awarded a water management contract in Abu Dhabi

  • Aqualia, the water management subsidiary of the Citizen Services Group, FCC, headed a consortium with local company Mace
  • This 76-million-euro contract is additional to the one recently obtained by the company, in Saudi Arabia

 

FCC awarded a water management contract in Abu Dhabi
A new contract obtained in the Middle East evidences FCC's commitment to internationalisation. The contract is to manage the sewage and water treatment system in eastern Abu Dhabi. A consortium led by Aqualia (FCC's water management subsidiary) and local company Mace has been chosen as the top bidder by the State-run Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company. The seven-year contract is worth 76.3 million euro.

This is the first water management contract to go to a Spanish company in the United Arab Emirates, and it includes the operation and maintenance of more than 2,400 km of sewers, 68 wastewater pumping stations and 19 wastewater treatment plants in the city of Al Ain (in eastern Abu Dhabi, on the border with Oman) and the surrounding areas.

This contract strengthens FCC's presence (through Aqualia) in the Middle East, which is a strategic area for the company's internationalisation. Aqualia has been operating for months in Saudi Arabia, where it is implementing and executing an innovative project to search for and repair leaks in Riyadh's water network. This will reduce the number of incidents and increase the network's efficiency. Aqualia will segment the network, in line with its internationalisation policy, which includes implementation of best practices developed in Spain and in the other countries where it operates.

Aqualia heads the water division of FCC and is the world's third-largest water company. It operates in 17 countries on 4 continents, providing services to over 1,100 municipalities and more than 28 million people. It has a backlog of 13 billion euro in stable, non-cyclical projects, 30% of which comes from contracts outside Spain. Aqualia responds to the needs of all parties, private and public, at all stages of the water cycle, providing water for human, industrial, and agricultural uses.

Commitment to the Emirates

The Aqualia-Mace consortium is a new milestone in FCC's strategy in the United Arab Emirates. In 2011, FCC (through its construction subsidiary) signed another strategic alliance with the company Abu Dhabi Commodore to bid jointly for infrastructure development projects in the UAE.