SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT CONCLUDES 20-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH NASSAU COUNTY IN THE UNITED
STATES TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS OF WASTEWATER SYSTEM FOR US$1.2
United Water, a SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT subsidiary, will operate, manage and maintain
Nassau County's (state of New York) wastewater treatment plants, pumping
stations and sewers for a period of 20 years. The total value of the agreement
is around USEUR1.2 billion (EUR905 million).
This agreement marks a new stage in the Group's international strategy, which
has significantly reinforced in North America following the award of the waste
management contract for Edmonton in Canada (C$120 million - 5 years1), and of
the management contract for the largest wastewater recycling plant2 in the
United States in California (US$50 million - 5 years).
The Nassau County (New York State) sanitation network covers 1.2 million
customers on Long Island. The wastewater is treated for disposal into estuaries
that are close to beaches and bays that are very popular with local residents.
The local authority will invest over US$830 million in the system in the coming
years. The execution of this project will specifically enable the damage caused
by Hurricane Sandy - which devastated a large part of the coast in 2012 - to be
repaired, and the existing facilities to be reinforced.
Entrusting the management and operation of the wastewater systems to United
Water, the local authority will be able to save US$230 million, thanks to an
improved operational efficiency and in particular to the reduction in energy
consumption and chemicals, a decrease in sludge generation and production costs,
but also an improved productivity of the plant. With the expertise of SUEZ
ENVIRONNEMENT, an increased use of cutting-edge technologies will also help to
optimize the management of operation.
Indeed, the water management and new technology expertise provided by the Group
will not only enable an improvement in the way the County's system operates and
in its efficiency, but will also enable a significant decrease in its
environmental impact with clean discharges to meet the most stringent standards
of the New York State Environmental Protection Department.
United Water will display the operational data and live video feeds from
facilities and outflow pipes on its website, an industry first.
Jean-Louis Chaussade, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT'S Chief Executive Officer, made the
following comments: "We welcome this public-private partnership that creates
value. This agreement marks a new stage for Nassau County, to which we are going
to offer all our expertise in order to provide an exemplary service that will
satisfy customers and comply with environmental regulations. This agreement is
also a highlight for SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, which is confirming its international
expansion and more specifically its operations in North America, following the
signing of two sizeable contracts, one for water management in California and
one for waste management in Canada in 2014".
(1) In 2014, SENA Waste Services was awarded an initial contract with a value of
US$75 million for the management of two of Edmonton Waste Management Centre's
main sorting and composting units, followed by a contract for a sum of US$45
million for the management of the materials recovery facility.
Natural resources are not infinite. Every day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV,
Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting
resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to millions of
people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 97 million people,
provides wastewater treatment services for 66 million people and collects the
waste produced by 50 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,549 employees
and, with its presence on five continents, is a world leader exclusively
dedicated to water and waste management services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT generated
total revenues of EUR 14.6 billion in 2013.
United Water is one of the nation's leading environmental companies, providing
water and wastewater services to over 5.3 million people in the United States.
In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater utilities, United
Water operates 84 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through
innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869,
United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.