Fluence wins €165m contract for water treatment plant in Africa

WCN Editorial Team 4 Mar 2019 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Fluence, a company involved in water, wastewater and reuse treatment markets, has won a €165m contract from the Federal Government of Ivory Coast, West Africa, for the turnkey supply of a 150,000m³/day surface-water treatment plant.

The facility will treat water from Lagune Aghien, the largest freshwater reserve near Abidjan, to help meet the fresh water needs of the country’s largest city.

The water from this reserve is dense with algae and other contaminants.

The contract is conditional upon the arrangement of export credit financing, which Fluence is finalising.

The scope of work includes water intake, water treatment, bulk water piping, water towers and infrastructure.

The plant will integrate proven technologies – smart intake; separation and membrane systems; advanced oxidation; biological filtration; and sludge treatment.

It will incorporate advanced multiple barrier design, an environmentally sound water treatment process that allows the flexibility to optimise operating costs in various feed qualities, to ensure water quality according to World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

The design combines Fluence’s suite of water treatment technologies.

Fluence managing director and CEO Henry Charrabé said: “This substantial contract award is testament to Fluence’s reputation as a global leader in water treatment technology able to deliver optimal end-to-end custom engineered solutions.

“It will further enhance our reputation among governments and utility providers around the world as a company that can optimally solve water, wastewater and reuse treatment challenges.”

The company is in discussions to arrange third-party financing for the Government of Ivory Coast through a loan from Israel Discount Bank.

Financial close is expected in the third quarter of 2019 after which construction will commence. The facility will be completed within two years from the date of commencement of construction.

Subject to financial close and project commencement, Fluence expects the contract to contribute revenues of up to $20m in 2019, $80m in 2020 and the balance in 2021.

Fluence has also been invited to bid for an operating and maintenance contract, which could provide further recurring revenue.

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Image: CAD depiction of water treatment plant in Ivory Coast plant. Photo: Courtesy of Fluence Corporation Limited.

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