Veolia Water has been selected to supply 3 million inhabitants with drinking water in Tianjin, one of China’s most rapidly growing and important economic cities. The contract, for a period of 30 years, is worth an estimated cumulated turnover of around 2,65 billion Euros for Veolia Water, and involves a participation of 49% in the Tianjin Shibei Water Company Ltd.  Tianjin, Port of Beijing and key city for China, is where the country’s third stock exchange is set to be built. It includes the largest comprehensive seaport in the north and many industries requiring  large amounts of water.  Several sporting events for the Olympic Games will be hosted by the city.

The contract was signed with the Tianjin Water Works (Group) Company Ltd, that launched, together with the Municipal Department in charge of State Owned Assets, an international tender for the acquisition of 49% of its subsidiary’s equity, Tianjin Shibei Water Company Ltd and its conversion into an Equity Joint Venture. The project will cover the district of Shibei, the Northern part of Tianjin, and the Binhai district on the eastern coast.

It will include managing the Xinkaihe water production plant (1 million m3/day) which uses classic clarification technology, with 1,988km of linear network, as well as the Jinbin water production plant under construction, which will provide 500,000m3/day. The Jinbin plant will incorporate clarification, ozonation and activated carbon filters. In addition, the company will develop the water conveyance network to all the industrial areas in the Binhai area, situated along the coast of Bohai Bay.

The project will run alongside a comprehensive development and reconstruction plan by the Central Government along the River Haihe, which will eventually be linked up with China’s three other major rivers, the Yangtze, the Yellow and the Huaihe rivers.

Commenting on the contract, Antoine Frérot, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water said, “With this project, Veolia Water illustrates its proven and long standing expertise in anticipating and accompanying the development of major cities like Tianjin that are faced with strong economic and demographic expansion. Veolia Water has formed many successful long term partnerships in China, and with the Tianjin contract, we are continuing to develop our presence in China’s large cities”.

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. Veolia Water serves 108 million people worldwide. With 77,800 employees, its 2006 revenues amounted to €10,08 billion.

Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is world leader in environmental services. With more than 300,000 employees the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management and freight and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €28.6 billion in 2006.

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