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Befesa awarded new projects in Catalonia

Madrid, 18 November 2008. The Befesa Medio Ambiente subsidiary, Befesa Agua, an international technology company that specialises in generating and managing water through the design, construction and operation of water infrastructures throughout the water cycle, has been awarded new projects in Catalonia, worth more than 6.5 million euro.

Depurbaix, the state owned company of the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, has awarded Befesa, in a joint venture with ACSA, the contract worth more than 3.5 million euro for the works relating to the pumping and the pipelines to the "Vall Baixa" area, designed to reuse the effluent from the waste water treatment plant in Baix Llobregat.

The awarded works includes a pumping station, located on the site of the brackish water treatment plant, with a nominal flow of 500 litres/second, and more than six kilometres of pipeline that will carry the recycled water to the head of the canal on the right hand bank of the River Llobregat. Here, it will pass through a control reservoir of more than 33,000 cubic metres, which will provide a controlled supply to irrigate the "Vall Baixa" area.

Befesa and ACSA are currently working on the brackish water treatment plant for the effluent treated in the Baix Llobregat purification station, which is the largest facility in the world for recycling these types of waste water and the second EDR plant using any type of water. This plant will contribute up to 18.8 cubic hectometres per year of water for agricultural use and will free up extracted water for use as drinking water.

In a second project, the municipal company Aguas de Reus, S.A., which manages the integral water cycle in this municipality, has awarded Befesa, in a joint venture with Moix Serveis i Obres SL., the contract for the works to expand the drinking water treatment plant at Reus in Tarragona, worth more than three million euro.

The purpose of the contract is to expand the treatment capacity of the plant from 10,000 cubic metres/day to 30,000, as well as to construct a new 10,000 cubic metre deposit. The companies will also carry out the necessary works to improve and optimise the existing facilities. The awarded works will allow the plant to supply more than 120,000 inhabitants, without using resources from the network of the Consorcio de Aguas de Tarragona.

Javier Molina, Chairman of Befesa, said, "These contracts confirm Befesa’s position as one of the leading companies in the water infrastructure management sector in Spain".

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 euro (close 2007). (