Black & Veatch Participating in Implementation of Hue City Environment and Water Improvement Project, Vietnam


Source: Black & Veatch Corporation

SIWW, Singapore, June 28, 2010  - Black & Veatch signed a major surface water drainage and wastewater treatment contract with the Hue City Water Environment Improvement Project Management Unit on 31 March 2010. Leaders from the Thua Thien Hue Province People's Committee and other local government officials attended the Project Commencement Ceremony held on Friday, 25 June 2010. Representatives from the Embassy of the United States in Vietnam were also present. The consortium partners of Black & Veatch are Nihon Suiko Sekkei (NSS) and Vietnam Water Sanitation and Environment JSC (VIWASE).

This project is funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The implementation period of the project is eight years with the following criteria:

- Strengtheningof drainage capacity, mitigation of natural disasters caused by flooding in Hue City and collection and treatment of wastewater;
- Enhancement of water quality of the Huong River and other rivers in Hue City;
- Construction of the Works using highquality materials and processes;
- Improvement of living conditions and environmental sanitation;
- Creation of favourable conditions to promote economic development in Hue City;
- Preservation of historical monuments to help ensure the city's World Heritage Centre status.

Hue City is the ancient capital of Vietnam. The city is a cultural and tourism centre with many historical monuments and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Centre (the Complex of Hue Monuments).

The Hue City Environment and Water Improvement Project will help protect the water resources of the country from the threat of contamination and mitigate damage caused by flooding. Vietnam, in general, and Hue City, in particular, currently continue to experience rapid economic growth and urbanisation.

Black & Veatch will lead a consortium of partners to implement the consulting services for the Project including Phase 1, and the study and design for Phase 2 (by 2020). Upon completion of Phase 1, a wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 20,000 cubic meters per day, flood control facilities and drainage systems will service residents and businesses. In addition, Black & Veatch and the project partners will work with the Project ManagementUnit and other public bodies to ensure the development and delivery of a HIV/AIDS Prevention Program with workers on site, Water Awareness Raising and Educational Campaign, and Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan.

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