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Acuamed awards Befesa the works contract to enable reuse of the waters from Peñon del Cuervo treatment plant, in Malaga (Spain)

Madrid, March 9th, 2009. The state-owned enterprise Aguas de las Cuencas Mediterráneas (Acuamed), the main tool of the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs for development of the AGUA Program in the Mediterranean catchment area, has awarded Befesa Agua the more than €5.5 million contract for design and execution of the tertiary treatment works at Peñon del Cuervo treatment plant, in Malaga (Spain).

This priority, pressing and general interest project is included in the Agua Program which aims at increasing availability of hydric resources, enhancement of water management, and recovery of the environment.

Peñon del Cuervo treatment plant is in the western region of Malaga and treats some 20,000 m3/water/day. The objective of the contracted works is to endow this treatment plant with a tertiary treatment system that will allow use of the effluent from the plant for irrigation of urban green spaces and peri-urban parks, thereby avoiding consumption of new resources.

The adopted solution will allow reuse of more than 9,000 m3/water/day and possible enlargement for a further 9.500 m3/day has been included. The system comprises a coagulation-flocculation process, open filtering, ultra-filtration, and disinfection by ultraviolet. The project also includes the works to re-route the Camino Viejo de Velez-Málaga pipeline.

Befesa considers the use of wastewaters to be one of the possible solutions to water shortage, provided they meet sustainability criteria while contributing to conservation of hydric resources. In this respect, Befesa is currently constructing the water reuse facilities at Baix Llobregat (Barcelona) and Alcoy (Alicante) treatment plants. The former, a debrining plant, will allow reuse of more than 57,000 m3/day of water treated by Reversible Electrodialysis (RED). It is the largest facility in the world to allow reuse of wastewaters of these characteristics and the second largest RED facility with any type of water.

According to Befesa’s chairman, Javier Molina, "this contract positions Befesa as one of the major players in integral water cycle activities for development of sustainable infrastructures".

Befesa, Abengoa’s environmental services subsidiary, specializes in providing environmental services for industry and the construction of environmental infrastructures. It is a listed company and closed the 2008 financial year with capitalization in excess of €325 million. (