French-Japanese consortium wins €178m expansion to Doha water treatment plant

The country’s public works authority, Ashghal, commissioned Suez Environnement and Marubeni Corporation to increase the plant’s treatment capacity by an additional 105,000 cubic metres per day.

Qatar awarded a €178 million (Dh814.9m) contract for the expansion of its Doha West wastewater treatment and recycling plant to a French and Japanese-led consortium.

The country’s public works authority, Ashghal, commissioned Suez Environnement and Marubeni Corporation to increase the plant’s treatment capacity by an additional 105,000 cubic metres per day. Suez Environnement’s Degremont unit will complete the expansion, which will create a facility capable of handling the wastewater treatment for more than 1 million people.

“This new contract rewards our capacity to offer, deliver and then operate efficient facilities tailored to the local challenges of population growth and protection of resources,” said Rémi Lantier, the Degremont chief executive.

Qatar is spending billions of dollars on a raft of major infrastructure improvements spanning roads, water plants and stadiums associated with its successful bid to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

Ashghal chose the same technologies already deployed at the site, including expanding secondary biologic and tertiary treatments implementing ultrafiltration membranes and the trademarked Smartrack system.

The plant, located 20 kilometres west of Doha, has been in operation since March 2010.

The first expansion was completed late in 2012, and Suez Environnement will continue to oversee the facility’s operations until 2020.

The company has also designed and constructed the purification and recycling stations for Barwa and Lusail cities.

lgraves@thenational.ae

Published: December 17, 2014 04:00 AM

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