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Suez NWS wins EUR 436 million wastewater treatment contract in China

Hong Kong-based Suez NWS Ltd has announced that it has, through its joint venture Changshu Sino French Water, a 30-year contract with Changshu Water Bureau in China, to own and operate four wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). The contract, worth a total of EUR 436 million, is in line with the Changshu government’s ambition to optimize water supply and sanitation services across the whole city.

The contract signing ceremony between Changshu Sino French Water, a joint venture (JV) between Changshu Urban Construction Public Assets Management Co Ltd and Suez NWS, for a 30-year contract with Changshu Water Bureau, to own and operate four wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) in Changshu, China (photo courtesy Suez).

Changshu Sino French Water is a joint venture (JV) formed between Changshu Urban Construction Public Assets Management Co Ltd and Suez NWS, a JV between the France-headed global water- and waste management and services major Suez and China-based NWS Holdings Ltd.

According to a statement May 17, Suez NWS acquires ownership and operating rights of the four wastewater treatment plants for which it has managed operation and maintenance services until now. The Changshu Sino French Water JV will extend the four plants to a total combined treatment capacity of 180 000 m3 per day from the existing 80 000 m3 per day.

The four plants today serve roughly 900 000 residential, industrial and commercial users across ten Changshu districts. Changshu Sino French Water will treat the industrial and municipal wastewater to ensure compliance with the existing rigorous standards. It will also expand and upgrade the plants’ facilities where necessary, to meet even higher standards in future.

Our 12-year partnership with SUEZ NWS has profoundly transformed water supply in Changshu and is a prime example of win-win international cooperation. These results have boosted our confidence in growing and reinventing our partnership. We expect this agreement to continue our progress towards integrated water supply and drainage in Changshu, said Shen Xiaodong, Executive Vice Mayor of Changshu.

With a presence in Changshu since 2006, Changshu Sino French Water has invested over CNY 1 billion (EUR 133.3 million) in water supply and the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater for over two million residential, industrial and commercial users in Changshu. The “outstanding” track record demonstrated by the joint venture in services, safety and corporate social responsibility has resulted in it being named one of the first “5A-Grade Service Units” in China’s water business.

This new contract illustrates our successful partnership with the city of Changshu. The Group has been supporting local authorities since 2006 in producing 875 000 m3 of water and treating 120 000 m3 of wastewater daily, thus contributing to improve the quality of life for local residents. Suez is thereby consolidating its presence in China where it has built 260 water and wastewater treatment plants and provides its expertise to large cities and industries in the treatment and recovery of their waste, said Bertrand Camus, Suez Group Senior Executive VP – Africa, Middle East, India, Asia and Australia.

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