ACCIONA Agua has opened the largest desalination plant in the US, in Tampa, Florida. The plant has a daily capacity of 108,000 cubic metres and will provide at least 10% of the water consumed in the Tampa Bay region. The plant has been completely modernised by ACCIONA Agua and American Water. The partners will be jointly responsible for operating the plant for the next 18 years. The Spanish company did not disclose the cost of the plant.
After three years of intense renovation work, the desalination plant has been redesigned and rebuilt and is now optimised and fully automatic.
In December, the plant successfully fulfilled all of the prerequisites to commence acceptance tests, which are required by the US authorities in order to grant an operating licence. During the acceptance test, which lasted approximately one month, all mandatory parameters were met, including water quantity and quality, and reagent and energy consumption.
At the plant's inauguration ceremony, Luis Castilla, General Manager of ACCIONA Agua, said: 'We are thrilled to work with American Water and Tampa Bay Water on a project as important as this one, and share our experience in desalination plant technology, construction, installation and operation.'
The Tampa Bay region has always relied on natural sources to meet its drinking water needs. But at the end of the 1990s, as a result of a growing population and declining rainfall, the need emerged to create new drinking water supplies which could palliate environmental stress and meet the needs of this growing region; thus, it was decided to build a large desalination plant. By choosing desalination, Tampa pioneered a new approach to water management.
The Tampa plant is ACCIONA's first desalination reference that is operational in the US. Last year the company attained a milestone in the US market when it was selected by Poseidon Resources Corporation to design, build and operate what will be the largest seawater desalination project in the country, in Carlsbad, California. The plant will produce 204,000 cubic metres of drinking water per day, practically double the output of the Tampa plant.
ACCIONA Agua is a leading vertically-integrated water company that provides comprehensive solutions which contribute to sustainable development in the water business through innovation in design, construction, operation and maintenance of water treatment, purification and desalination plants.
ACCIONA, a leader in infrastructure, services and renewable energy
ACCIONA is one of Spain's leading corporations, with operations in infrastructure, renewable energy, water, urban & environmental services, logistics & transport services, housing development, hospital management etc., in over thirty different countries in five continents.
In the third quarter of 2007, ACCIONA reported 4.937 billion euro in revenues (an 8% increase), 715 million euro in EBITDA and 401 million euro in attributable net profit (+25.3%). Capital expenditure totalled 1.105 billion euro. ACCIONA is included in Spain's blue-chip Ibex 35 index (ticker: ANA.MC) and has a market capitalisation of over 11 billion euro.