French environmental services provider Suez has signed four drinking water and sanitation work contracts in Africa, totalling €95m.


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The company has signed the contracts in Egypt, Uganda and Nigeria. It will also provide waste management services in Morocco.

With these contracts, Suez strengthens its presence in continent, which is considered to be a promising market for the company. The company has been present in Africa since 1952 and has developed more than 500 drinking water and sanitation plants across capital cities in the continent including Nairobi, Ouagadougou, Dar Es Salaam and Bamako.

Since 2004, Suez has also been supporting several industries and municipalities in Morocco in waste collection, recycling and recovery.

In Egypt, Suez and its partner Arab Contractor will build an energy recovery unit for the sludge generated by the East Alexandria wastewater treatment plant, which has a capacity of 800,000 m3/day. The project is worth €65m for Suez.

The two partners have conducted rehabilitation and extension of primary treatment at the East Alexandria plant and the construction of a biological treatment line which they are currently operating.

In Uganda, the National Water and Sewage (NWSC) has selected Suez and its partner, Sogea Satom for the contract to design and build the Katosi drinking water production plant, near Kampala.

The contract includes the construction of a water intake point in Lake Victoria, reservoirs and a sludge treatment unit. This plant will have a capacity of 160,000 m3/day and will provide drinking water for the people of Kampala. The implementation time for the project is 33 months.

In Nigeria, Suez is supporting the “Niger Delta Support Program”, a program supported by Nigerian government and the European Union in the fields of water and sanitation. This contract will provide drinking water for communities and villages due to the development of small water supply infrastructures.

Suez Group Africa, Middle East, India, Asia and Australia senior executive vice president Bertrand Camus said: “We are very proud of our customers’ renewed trust, which illustrates the capacity of SUEZ to provide industries and large metropolitan areas on the continent with solutions and contractual models adapted to their needs.

“We are fully mobilised to continue to support the dynamism of African countries in terms of access to water and sanitation, but also waste recycling and recovery, an increasing challenge for the continent.”