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VA Tech Wabag begins Q3 on high, secures Rs 2100 crore orders

Chennai : Chennai-based water technology major VA Tech Wabag has announced a slew of major orders in the Middle East & Africa region in recent weeks and boosted by the order spurt, said it would be in a position to meet its revenue guidance of Rs 4000-4200 crore for 2018-19.

The company has secured orders worth Rs 2100 crore in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar since the past one month and is hopeful of bagging more in coming months in the region.

The most recent order announced by the company is a Rs 600 crore on from Societe Nationale D’exploitation Et De Distribution Des Eaux, Tunisia (SONEDE) for engineering, supply and construction of 50 million litre per day (MLD) seawater desalination plant.

The project is a design, build and operate (DBO) contract from SONEDE, funded by KFW Germany. The plant is expandable upto 100 MLD, using seawater reverse osmosis with energy recovery system.

The project also includes supply and installation of systems for seawater intake and brine discharge, execution of a treated water reservoir along with transfer pumping station, execution of HV/MV substation, roads and utility service works.

The company said the project is scheduled to be completed within a period of 27 months followed by a 12 month O&M period.

“This new order win in Tunisia, amidst strong international competition, gives us immense pride and happiness. This is a testament to Wabag’s strong track record, knowhow and global competitiveness in desalination. This plant, when completed, will play a significant role in meeting the water demand for Tunisia", said VA Tech Wabag Managing Director and Group CEO Rajiv Mittal.

Prior to the Tunisia order, Wabag said it was awarded a Rs 1000 crore (0.5 billion Saudi Riyals) EPC order from Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (MARAFIQ), in Saudi Arabia.

The scope of the engineering, design and build contract includes expansion of sewage water treatment plant in Jubail. The plant will be designed using activated sludge process for carbon and nitrogen removal to treat the sewage water in accordance with the irrigation water quality standards as per Royal Commission Environmental Regulations 2015.

MARAFIQ has planned to expand the plant upto total capacity of 200 MLD in two phases, of which the present order win by Wabag pertains to Phase 1 with a capacity of 120 MLD.

Another major order that the company announced is a EPC order worth Rs 555 core (Qatari Riyal 275 million) from Public Works Authority of Qatar (ASHGHAL).

The scope of the design & build project includes rehabilitation of Doha South sewage treatment works using lamella clarifier, disc filter and aerobic digester technology to treat the additional sewage generated by the football stadium, which is under construction for the FIFA World Cup 2022. The project is scheduled to be delivered over a period of 24 months, while the existing plant is in operation.

Wabag's Middle East & Africa cluster CEO Deep Raj Saxena said the two recent orders in Middle East will further consolidate the company's presence and will help it in building significant references in the region. "These order wins give us immense confidence on our long term growth plans in this region", he added.

In India, a 140 MLD sewage treatment plant at Dinapur, Varanasi was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in November. The project contract value is Rs 235.53 crore and the company will also be responsible to operate and maintain the facility for 10 years.

The project, funded by JICA, is the first and the largest sewage treatment project to be implemented under the Namami Gange mission.

The treatment plant employs activated sludge process and is powered by green power from sewage (biogas), significantly reducing the carbon footprint apart from lowering operational cost. The plant has 4,000 m3/day balloon type double membrane gas holders, the largest of its kind in India.

The company said the project will enhance the sewage treatment capacity in the city from 102 MLD to 242 MLD. The project is located about 7 km from Varanasi and is adjacent to an existing STP of 80 MLD capacity.

“As an Indian multinational, we are really proud to be part of the mission to clean the holy Ganga, which is considered sacred and a lifeline to millions. We are happy that this marquee project implemented by WABAG, is being dedicated to the nation by our Hon’ble PM under the Clean Ganga mission which is dear to his heart", said Mittal.

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