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Suez wins €43-million contract to build water plant in Cameroon

By Mary Page Bailey |

SUEZ (Paris, France; www.suez-environnement.fr) has been tasked with building a production plant for drinking water in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, on behalf of Chinese company SINOMACH-CMEC. This contract, worth €43 million for SUEZ, includes pumping of raw water into the river Sanaga, the building of the plant over a 36-month period, the pumping stations and the transfer of the treated water to Yaoundé. This operation will be financed by Eximbank of China and by the Cameroonian government within the scope of a larger and structuring project of over €650 million.

This project will respond to the drinking water needs of the fast-growing population of Yaoundé, which today has nearly 3 million inhabitants, and will support the capital city’s economic development. With a capacity of 300,000 m3/day, it will be one of the largest drinking water production plants built by the Group in Sub-Saharan Africa.

SUEZ will be in charge of carrying out the engineering studies on the treatment plant, providing equipment, and supervising the assembly and commissioning of the plant. The Group will also be responsible for training the Cameroonian personnel. The plant will integrate degrémont® technologies such as PulsatubeTM and Aquazur®V, as these products guarantee excellent quality of the water produced, regardless of the quality and flow rate of the untreated water.

“We are proud of this partnership with the Cameroonian authorities, SINOMACH-CMEC and Eximbank of China in order to provide a technical and financial solution that best responds to the drinking water needs of the residents of Yaoundé. This project is a significant step forwards for the Group in Africa, and is in line with our strategy to support African cities in developing effective solutions to ensure their fast-growing populations have access to drinking water and sanitation,” said Marie-Ange Debon , Suez’ Group Deputy CEO in charge of International segment

SUEZ is thus strengthening its presence in Cameroon, where it has also built the drinking water production plant in Akomiada (100,000 m3/day).

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