Hitachi and Veolia Confirm their Leadership in the Desalination Sector at Bassora, in Iraq

After obtaining the contract for the desalination plant in Bassora, announced in January 2014, the consortium consisting of Hitachi and Veolia, along with the Egyptian engineering firm, ArabCo, has recently been entrusted with the supply of equipment and the construction of the water pretreatment facilities for this plant by the Iraqi Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works.

New facilities will pretreat the water intake to reduce the salt content at Bassora, a town located on the estuary for the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, before supplying the largest osmosis-based desalination plant in Iraq. The plant is expected to produce 199,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day.
According to Jean-Michel Herrewyn, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Enterprises, for Veolia "Veolia is committed to developing access to resources and delivering reliable solutions to help cities deal with water scarcity while pursuing their economic development".        

This contract reinforces the collaboration between Hitachi and Veolia in drinking water infrastructure projects,  matching the increase in demand on emerging markets.
Construction will start within the month, and delivery is expected for April 2017.

Press releases:
> Hitachi and Veolia Win Contract to build Pretreatment Facilities for Large-scale Water Desalination Plant in Basrah, Iraq
> Veolia wins contract to build and operate a water desalination plant in Iraq