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Veolia wins contract to build Kuwait desalination plant

French environmental firm Veolia Environnement has won the contract to build a €320 million ($436.2 million) seawater desalination plant at the Az Zour North complex in Kuwait.

Veolia subsidiary Sidem will build the plant under an EPC (engineering, purchasing and construction) contract, won in partnership with Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The plant will have a daily water production capacity of 486,400m3. Hyundai will be responsible for building the 1500MW power station. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.

All the electricity generated and the water produced will be purchased by the Kuwaiti government for 40 years.