Veolia Water has been awarded the contract for the upgrade of one of Australia's largest power stations, the Bayswater water treatment plants, by Macquarie Generation, Australia's largest electricity generating company. The contract, worth a total amount of €42.7 million, is for the optimization of long-term water treatment requirements of the Bayswater Power Plant (situated 250 kms north of Sydney) and water sustainability in the nearby Lake Liddell.

The Macquarie Generation's Bayswater and Liddell Power Stations provide approximately 40% of New South Wales' electricity demand, with Bayswater having a generating capacity of 2,640 MW. As part of Bayswater's water management system, Macquarie Generation wanted to minimise its impact on the environment. Vital cooling water is recycled and treated to ensure that no contaminants reach local waterways. Lake Liddell was originally built for providing the vast amounts of condensate cooling water needed for the station's operation, then became a popular recreational lake. 

The comprehensive and innovative water solution package provided by Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies will include design and construction, and operations and maintenance requirements for the water treatment plants. The project scope involves two years of design and construction works, and a 5-year operating and maintenance period.

"The solution provided by Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies will optimise and improve the reliability and availability of the existing water treatment plants. It will notably minimise chemical usage and the volume of the water to the evaporation ponds, and maintain Bayswater as a Zero Liquid Discharge Power Station. This contract therefore illustrates the mutual commitment of Macquarie Generation and Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies to responsible environmental management," said Antoine Frérot, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water.

Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialized in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, it is also one of the world's major designers of technological solutions and constructor of facilities needed in water and wastewater services.  This is via its subsidiary, Veolia Water Solutions & Technology (which includes the companies HPD and John Meunier).  Veolia Water serves 108 million people worldwide. With 70,700 employees, its 2005 revenues amounted to €€8.9 billion.

Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is world leader in environmental services. With more than 270,000 employees the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of industrial and municipal customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €€25.2 billion in 2005.


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