Iraq Ministry awards US$ 221 mn Desalination Plant contract to Hitachi Veolia JV

Posted on 29th October 2014

A consortium of Hitachi, Veolia and Egyptian engineering firm ArabCo has received aUS$ 221 million order from the Iraqi Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of pretreatment and surrounding facilities at a water desalination plant in Basra, Iraq.


Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2014, with completion due in April 2017. The consortium received a comprehensive order in January 2014 for EPC on the water desalination plant as well as operation and maintenance (O&M) for a period of five years.

The new pretreatment facilities represent an additional project following up on the order in January and the construction of these facilities will be undertaken with loan assistance from the Japanese government, said Hitachi.

New facilities will pretreat the water intake to reduce the salt content at Bassora, a town located on the estuary for the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, before supplying the largest osmosis-based desalination plant in Iraq. The plant is expected to produce 199,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day, according to news reports on

 Kunizo Sakai, vice president and executive officer and president & CEO of Hitachi's Infrastructure Systems Company, said: “Hitachi has an extensive track record and expertise in the delivery of water treatment plants throughout the world, and we look forward to contributing to the maintenance and improvement of the water environment in Iraq by putting in place reliable water infrastructures.”

Jean-Michel Herrewyn, senior executive vice president, Global Enterprises, Veolia, added: “This plant, which combines pretreatment, high-level membrane filtration and desalination, will significantly improve the quality of drinking water provided to the city of Basrah and will eliminate spikes in salinity caused by tides and winds. Veolia is committed to developing access to resources and delivering reliable solutions to help cities deal with water scarcity while pursuing their economic development.”

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