Degrémont to run all Perth’s water and wastewater

France’s Degrémont, which built the first Perth desalination plant in 2006, is to operate and maintain all the Western Australian city’s water and wastewater assets for 10 years with a possible 5-year extension.

This will include two advanced water recycling plants as well as 13 dams, 19 water treatment plants and 14 wastewater treatment plants. The Suez Environnement subsidiary already has a 25-year contract to operate and maintain the 45 million m³/year Kwinana desalination plant.

The contract, which will start in July 2012, is valued at € 294 million (US$ 365 million) over the initial term. Degrémont, Transfield Services and Water Corporation will form an integrated alliance which will be named Aroona.