Veolia wins wastewater treatment contract for Kuwait’s Al Zour refinery

veolia alKuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) has awarded Veolia, through its Veolia Middle East subsidiary, a US$63mn operation and maintenance contract for Al Zour refinery wastewater treatment plant for a period of seven years

Being one of the largest refinery complexes in the world under development, the Al Zour refinery is set to have a production capacity of 615,000 bpd, thus increasing Kuwait’s refining capacity to more than 1.5 mmbbl a day.

KIPIC has chosen Veolia for the operation and maintenance of its future wastewater treatment plant, which is expected to treat and recycle wastewater at the rate of approximately 1,500 cu/m per hour and will be responsible for the sludge incineration unit.

Veolia will deploy its complex facility management expertise to optimise water treatment and recycling with a goal of zero liquid discharge (ZLD).

“Major industrial operators such as KIPIC are expressing growing needs for operational excellence and compliance with increasingly stringent regulations in terms of discharging pollutants,” said Christophe Maquet, executive vice-president at Veolia for Africa and the Middle East.

Khaled Anwar Al Awadi, KIPIC’s deputy CEO in charge of Al Zour refinery, said, “Furthermore, through this contract, Veolia will transfer its knowledge and expertise to KIPIC and Kuwaiti employees who will be employed as part of this contract. Our Local economy will also have a major stake in such contracts.”

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