Paris, May 02, 2012.
The City of New Delhi has just contracted Veolia Water to
build and operate the new Nilothi Wastewater Treatment
Plant serving the city's western sector. Construction
will begin in the next few weeks on this plant designed to
be fully energy self-sufficient.
The Indian public authority in charge of water and
wastewater services in the capital New Delhi has signed a
contract with Veolia Water to design, build and operate an
innovative wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 91
This 13-year contract covers an initial two-year
construction phase followed by an 11-year operation and
maintenance phase. The contract is worth cumulative total
revenue of 40 million euros.
An energy self-sufficient plant
The plant will boost the capital's wastewater
treatment capacity at a time when the development of the
city, which already shows the country's highest
population growth rate (26.4% increase from 2001 to
2011), is accelerating.
Veolia Water's treatment solution will ensure New
Delhi has a plant that complies with the best
international treatment and discharge standards and is
entirely energy self-sufficient. The wastewater treatment
used by Veolia Water will ensure the recovery of energy
from the biogas produced by the sludge treatment process
(digestion stage). This innovation will reduce the
Nilothi wastewater service's environmental footprint
and also cut its energy bill.
The treatment sludge will be recovered in the form of
highly standardized compost for use by the region's
farmers. The treated wastewater will be discharged into
the Yamuna River without any impact on the natural
With this second public-private partnership contract
signed with the Indian capital, Veolia Water confirms its
growth in India, just several months after being awarded
the country's first public-private partnership
contract for the outsourced management of the city of
Nagpur's entire drinking water service.
Jean-Michel Herrewyn, Chief Executive Officer of
"New Delhi's decision is confirmation that the
solutions put forward by Veolia Water in a region of strong
growth like India are the right ones. We have managed to
customize our models to incorporate the requirements of
environmental and social responsibility, energy recovery and
ecological footprint. These notions are now fundamental to
ensuring sustainable growth."