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01.14.2008

Befesa to supply drinking water to Cunene province in Angola

Madrid, 14 January 2008. The National Water Directorate of the Angolan Ministry of Energy and Water has awarded Befesa, in a consortium with the company Riogersa, the project for the "Xangongo-Ondjiva treated water production and distribution system" in the south of the country on the border with Namibia, worth more than 101 million dollars. Both projects will be financed with the line that the Angolan Ministry of Finance has with Deutsche Bank.

This contract, which forms part of the trans-border master plan with Namibia to supply water to the north of this southern African country, will provide a secure and continuous solution to the problem of drinking water supply, which is currently non-existent in a large part of Cunene province, and will benefit approximately 250,000 people in one of the provinces most affected by the Angolan conflict.

This drinking water supply project from Xangongo to Ondjiva will take place over 24 months and comprises the following actions: a drinking water treatment station in Xangongo, a treated water deposit in Xangongo, supply from the River Cunene (Xangongo), four pumping stations, supply pipelines (approximately 100 kilometres), two raised deposits (Môngua, Ondjiva) and four surface deposits (Môngua, Missão de Môngua, Bulanganga, Ondjiva).

Javier Molina, chairman of Befesa, said "this new contract is a continuation of our activities to construct basic supply infrastructures to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions and the availability of drinking water in underprivileged regions with significant shortages of this vital and basic resource, helping to contribute to the region’s development".

Befesa, the environmental services subsidiary of Abengoa, focuses on providing industrial environmental services and constructing environmental infrastructures. It is a public listed company with a market capitalisation in excess of 550 million euros (close 2007) (www.befesa.es).