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Turning energy into a source of performance

When China channels its energy

At a time when energy services are continuing to develop in China, Veolia has won three contracts for a total value of €864 million. The challenge was to maximize the performance of a data center, a biomass cogeneration and chemicals companies to bring them more easily into line with the increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

Our teams signed three contracts in a row! It’s no mean feat to win over giants of the Chinese chemicals and publishing industries. But the challenge was brilliantly taken up under the leadership of one local project manager for each project. I applaud the talent of our three managers, who together drove Veolia’s impressive multidisciplinary team: the business development, marketing, technical and O&M people from the China BU, along with the Asia zone financial, technical and legal experts. This matrix organization enabled Veolia to remain flexible and agile at each step of the way throughout the negotiations. For me, it’s proof that everything is possible when we work hard together to provide our clients with the added value that Veolia has to offer, even in an environment where everything moves and changes at high speed. After all, the catchword for today is let’s continue to “resource the world!”

Arnaud Bickert
Head of Industrial Energy & Building Energy Services Business in China


Brussels: Saint-Luc stays warm


Veolia will continue to manage the heat generation plant of the Brussels campus of the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). The company will also operate the heat network under a 10-year energy performance contract. The network supplies all the faculty buildings and the university clinics of Saint-Luc, Brussels biggest university teaching hospital, which has made energy efficiency part of its “Hospital 2025” strategic plan.


Métropole de Lille: Record heat pipeline

The Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL) interdistrict authority has awarded Covalys, a joint venture held 65% by Veolia, the public service contract to operate Antares, the authority’s energy recovery facility. Until now, the energy generated through thermal treatment of household waste only covered the facility’s own electricity needs. But from now on, 40% of the energy will directly supply two district heating networks in Roubaix and Lille. The 12-year contract is worth cumulative revenue of €295 million and will speed up MEL’s energy transition. It will also set a new record: at 19 km, the heat pipeline that will come into service at the end of 2020 to connect Antares to the district heating networks will be one of the longest in France for energy transmission.

Winning combination in Mexico City

Veolia will design, build and operate for 30 years the first waste-toenergy plant in Latin America for a total amount of €886 million. With a capacity twice that of the largest plant of its type in France, it will treat almost 1.6 million metric tons of municipal solid waste a year.

Mexico City dreamed it up, and our team turned it into reality. In 2020, we will commission the first waste-to-energy plant in Latin America. This is a significant feat considering the obstacles we had to overcome: market conditions, local regulations, the tendering process, and so on. Thanks to the talent and hard work of all employees involved and of our local partners, we will provide the 8.9 million residents of Mexico City with a facility that ticks all the boxes. By recovering one-third of the 13,000 metric tons of waste produced a day, the waste-to-energy plant will take pressure off the city’s landfills and generate 965,000 MWh of electricity – the equivalent of the power consumption of all 12 lines of the metro system – while significantly reducing carbon emissions. This winning combination of expertise and a collaborative approach managed to overcome all the technical, economic and environmental hurdles. As a result, Mexico City’s ambitious project is now attracting attention from other large cities in Mexico as well as Argentina, Colombia and Chile.

Federico Casares
Director of Business Development and Institutional Affairs Mexico, Veolia Mexico.