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Befesa awarded new contracts for water treatment and infrastructure projects

Madrid, 25 September 2009. Befesa, through its subsidiary Befesa Agua, an international technology company that specialises in generating and managing water through the design, construction and operation of infrastructures in the integral water cycle, has been awarded three new water infrastructure projects in Spain.

Consorcio de Aguas de Bilbao Bizkaia has awarded Befesa, as part of a joint venture with Construcciones Balzola, the contract to construct a regulating tank in Kurkudi (Vizcaya). The tank, which will be underground next to the valve room that currently distributes the supply from the Arriaga-Kurkudi pipeline, will have two independent chambers with a 20,000 cubic meter capacity. The project will strengthen water availability for Getxo and Uribe-Kosta, guaranteeing the water supply to more than 200,000 inhabitants.

The second contract won by Befesa was awarded by the Regional Ministry of Agriculture and Water of Murcia to construct the tertiary treatment system of the Blanca waste water treatment station in Murcia. The aim of the contract is to reuse the water from the treatment station for agriculture. This treatment, with a capacity of more than 208 m3/hour, comprises flocculation, open filtration and ultraviolet disinfection. The project will prevent the extraction of nearly two cubic hectometres of new resources every year. It will form part of the General Sewerage and Purification Plan of the Murcia Region included in the Segura Basin Water Plan.

Finally, the Regional Ministry of the Environment of Castilla y León has awarded Befesa, in a joint venture with Zarzuela, S.A, the contract to construct the waste water treatment station in Sanchonuño, in northern Segovia. The project also includes the creation of the necessary pipelines to carry waste water from the existing discharge points to the new facilities. The Prado de la Vega stream, the water course that currently receives these discharges untreated, has been badly impacted by the increase in the amount of waste from the significant industrial and agricultural development in the area. The new plant will treat waste water by using an active biological sludge treatment with prolonged aeration and will have a capacity to treat up to 1,400 m3/day.

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 environmental services to industry and the construction of environmental infrastructures. It is a public listed company with a market capitalisation in excess of €325 million (close 2008). (