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02.22.2006

Befesa awarded a new drinking water supply contract for several Barcelona municipalities

Madrid, February 23, 2006.- Befesa Medio Ambiente, the holding company for Abengoa's environmental services businesses, will invest, in a Joint Venture with Emcofa, more than four million euro to resolve the water supply problem of the Barcelona municipalities of Sallent Avinyó, Artés and Calders, and the villages in the Morisco mountain range. The objective of the works is to draw off water from the river Llobregat, make it drinkable and subsequently distribute it.

The water supply in this area is currently of a low quality, with low flow and pressure levels and a high degree of salinity due to the presence in the area of potasium mines that accentuate the pollution problem. The project, developed by Befesa, includes the construction of a drinking water plant, four pumping stations and two reservoirs, and will contribute to the resolving of all these problems.

Mr. Javier Molina, Befesa's chairman, says "with these works, Befesa will provide a service for a population of more than 11,000 - providing higher-quality water - and, at the same time, will contribute to the sustainable development of an area that, up until now, was lacking in infrastructures of this type".

Befesa, Abengoa's environmental services subsidiary, focuses its activity on the providing of environmental services for industry and on the construction of environmental infrastructures. It is a listed Company and closed 2004 with treasury stock in excess of 393 million euro. In 2004, Befesa managed a total of 1,374,000 tons of industrial wastes, a 12% increase on the previous year. (www.befesa.es).

Abengoa, a listed industrial and technology company with treasury stock in excess of 1,200 million euro, provides solutions for Sustainable Development, the Knowledge and Information Society, and the Creation of Infrastructures. It currently operates in four large fields of activity: Bioenergy, where it is the world's no. 2 bioethanol producer; Environmental Services, where it is Europe's leader in segments of the industrial wastes market; Information Technology, where it is one of the main role-players at international level, with operations in Europe, America, and Asia; and Industrial Engineering and Construction, where it is the leader in Spain and Latin America. (www.abengoa.com).