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Sacyr wins $104m contract to build water treatment plant in Australia

CTBR Staff Writer Published 26 February 2018

SA Water, a public company belonging to the Government of South Australia has awarded a A$133.4m ($104.3m) contract to Sacyr Industrial to design, build and manage a water treatment plant for agricultural purposes.

The water treatment plant will be built in the north of Adelaide and will be developed in phases.

This engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract has been awarded to Sacyr Industrial in a 50% consortium with the Australian company Leed Engineering and Construction.

Under the contract, the consoritum will be responsible for the construction of the infrastructure necessary for the distribution of water for agricultural purposes. Production capacity of the plant is expected to be up to 12 hectometers per year.

The facility will treat and recycle the effluent from the treatment plant located in Bolivar and will distribute the treated water through a 22km pipeline.

As per the contract, Sacyr will operate the plant for period of five years, through its subsidiary Valoriza Agua, which specializes in water management cycle.

Sacyr says that detailed engineering work has already begun and the plant is scheduled to begin operations and water supply to agricultural customers by the end of next year.

The company already has presence in the country through projects across three states. In Binningup, Western Australia, it currently manages a reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant which generates about 306,000 m3/day of drinking water, covering 34% of the demand of Perth.

For the mining company BHP Billiton, Sacyr has built Newman's new drinking water treatment plant in Western Australia.

The company is also building a mechanical and biological urban organic waste treatment plant in Melbourne, Victoria, which will treat organic waste from selective collection during a 15 year exploitation period.

The plant will have a capacity of 100,000 tons/ year and will serve a population of 1.2 million inhabitants in Melbourne’s south-east metropolitan district.

Image: Adelaide Hills, where Sacyr will build its water treatment plant. Photo: Courtesy of SACYR S.A.