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Palm Utilities awards contract

Dubai's Palm Utilities has awarded France's Suez Environment subsidiary, Degremont, and Belgium's Besix Group a US $800 million (AED 2.9 billion) contract for a wastewater treatment plant at Nakheel's Jumeirah Golf Estates development.

Dubai's Palm Utilities has awarded France's Suez Environment subsidiary, Degremont, and Belgium's Besix Group a US $800 million (AED 2.9 billion) contract for a wastewater treatment plant at Nakheel's Jumeirah Golf Estates development.

Degremont will design, build and operate the plant for a period of ten years, while Besix will provide the civil engineering for the project and will build the sewage collection system.

The contract also covers the installation and operation of a system to collect sewage and distribute treated water spanning nearly 40km. Degremont's share of the contract will reach 54% of the total amount.

"Suez Environment has acquired a solid reputation in the Gulf countries as a highly reliable partner with unique skills and expertise," said Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO, Suez Environment.

The wastewater treatment plant will be the largest sewage treatment plant in the world using Membrane BioReactor technology and will be able to process 220,000m3 of water a day for a population estimated at 900,000.

It will treat waste generated from 19 Nakheel, DMCC and Istithmar Leisure developments.

The plant is expected to be fully operational in 2010.

Degremont has just completed the design and build of a 267,000m3/d build-operate-transfer wastewater treatment plant in As Samra in Jordan.

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