ACCIONA Agua strengthens its position in Italy & delivers water services to 2.5 million people



New deals in Sardinia mean that ACCIONA Agua will exploit 16 new drinking water plants, 30 wastewater treatment plants and 58 pumping stations, as well as providing maintenance for Cagliari’s new water services and collectors.

ACCIONA Energy has two wind farms already operating on the Italian mainland (with a total capacity of 71.4MW) and is nearing completion on a third (20.4MW) in Sicily.

Abbanoa SpA, the Sardinian public water management company, has awarded ACCIONA Agua a contract - worth almost six million euros - to exploit several potable water and wastewater treatment plants and to provide maintenance for the water services and new collectors of the island’s capital, Cagliari.

The potable water plants - sixteen in all - are spread across the island in a number of municipalities, including Sestu, Dolianova, Soleminis and San Vito, among others, and deliver a total 135,820 cubic metres of water a day. In addition, ACCIONA Agua will exploit eight wastewater treatment plants and 23 pumping stations, as well as a further group of 22 wastewater treatment plants and 35 pumping stations that will deliver water services to about 200,000 inhabitants in the municipalities of Pula, Sarroch, Elmas, Sestu, Monti, Olbia and Padru, among others, on an extendable 12-month contract. Also in Cagliari, ACCIONA Agua has set up a joint venture with the Italian company Abulia (20%) to provide maintenance and conservation work for the town’s integrated water service and new collectors for a period of fifteen months.

These new deals strengthen ACCIONA Agua’s growing presence in Italy, which is centred mainly in Sardinia, Sicily and Calabria, and the company now delivers water services to a total population of about two-and-a-half million people. ACCIONA Agua employs around two hundred people in Italy and has a portfolio covering the complete range of water management services, including construction, operation and maintenance of drinking water, wastewater treatment and desalination plants; and exploitation and management of water supply networks.

ACCIONA Agua is currently building a potable water treatment plant (PWTP), one of the largest and most modern in Europe, in Pedra Maiore (Sassari), in Sardinia, with a capacity of 64,800 cubic metres/day; another PWTP and a desalination plant in Reggio Calabria (with a total capacity of 129,600 cubic metres/day); and a wastewater treatment plant in Scicli, in Sicily.

For the past seven years, ACCIONA Agua has been exploiting the Is Arenas wastewater treatment plant (260,000m3/day) in Cagliari, which treats a third of the wastewater in Sardinia; and Italy’s second largest potable drinking water plant, in Simbirizzi, also in Cagliari.

ACCIONA Agua also built Italy’s first brackish water desalination plant, the IDAM in Reggio Calabria, which is currently undergoing extension work.

ACCIONA Energy steps up its activity in Italy
ACCIONA Energy has also been very active in the Italian market, where it now has two wind farms operating (with a total capacity of 71.4MW), with another nearing completion (20.4MW). In addition, ACCIONA’s energy arm is currently looking into more than thirty projects in Italy.

ACCIONA Energy’s wind power operations in Italy – the world’s sixth largest windpower market – are located in Abruzzo (Cocullo; 31.45MW) and Capo Rizutto, Calabria (“Isola I”; 39.95MW). The company is nearing completion of the 20.4 MW Caccamo wind farm in Sicily.

ACCIONA is one of Spain’s premier corporations and a world leader in infrastructure, energy, water and services in over 30 countries. ACCIONA’s claim “Pioneers in development and sustainability” reflects its company-wide commitment to contribute to economic growth, social advancement and environmental balance. ACCIONA  leads its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and reported 12.7 billion euros in revenues in 2008. The company is listed on the IBEX-35 index of the top companies in Spain (ANA.MC).

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