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FCC wins the first contract awarded in Portugal for hazardous industrial waste management


FCC wins the first contract awarded in Portugal for hazardous industrial waste management

The Portuguese Government, through the Ministry of the Environment, has awarded a consortium led by Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, S.A. (FCC) the first license to install and operate a comprehensive treatment facility for hazardous waste.

This facility will be located in the municipality of Chamusca (Ribatejo Region) about 80 kilometres east of Lisbon. It will have a useful life of 25 year and will bring in total revenues of 200 million euros.

This will be the first treatment plant for industrial waste in Portugal and will offer a solution to the problem of the correct treatment of the hazardous industrial waste produced in this country.

A CIRVER is a comprehensive facility which uses the best technology to find a specific solution for each type of waste, thereby optimising treatment conditions while minimising costs.

The plant will be built and operated on a plot of land measuring 31.4 hectares, and will include the following treatment lines:

  • Hazardous waste depot with the capacity to hold 1,200,000 m3.
  • Sorting, triage and transfer line.
  • Inertization and stabilisation line.
  • Organic waste treatment line.
  • Biological water treatment.
  • Valorization line for contaminated containers.
  • Physical-chemical treatment line.
  • Decontamination unit for contaminated soil.

The plant's annual treatment capacity is 180,000 tons/year and the initial investment will be 24.9 million euros.

The consortium that has obtained this first license is Ecodeal and is composed of FCC (55%), the Melo Group (25%) and the Nelson Quintas Group (20%).

Because of the magnitude of this tender, there were eight tenders presented by some of the leading European companies in the field of industrial waste treatment, including five Spanish firms.

The FCC Group's industrial waste management business is handled in Spain by Ámbito, which has a variety of resources for this type of waste treatments such as transfer plants, inertization centres, valorization centres and waste depots, forming the sector's largest network of facilities.

During 2004 Ámbito managed 910,000 tons of industrial waste, which represents an increase of 26% over the year before, and treated more than 420,000 m3 of soil.