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Italy : Italian water companies announces international tender for largest European sludge plant

Publish Date : 08-Nov-2019

Two publicly controlled companies who manages purification plants and integrated water service in the Valle del Chiampo Water Basin Council, Acque del Chiampo and Medio Chiampo, have announced an international tender to identify a technical partner to be entrusted with the design, implemention and management of a new plant for treatment of dried sludge. The project is scheduled to run until 2050.

On yearly basis, these two companies collectively produce 35,000 tonnes of dried sludge, resulting from the treatment of wastewater from industry and households. The dried sludge is currently disposed in landfills whose capacity will be exhausted over the next five years.

Construction of the plant will be done under a framework programme agreement signed in 2005 and renewed in 2017 by the Italian Ministry of the Environment and the Veneto Region. Main objective of the agreement is to rehabilitate the river system of Fratta Gorzone, for the purpose of safeguarding water resources and the environment by using new technologies as an alternative to landfill.

The 530 million euros tender is open until 23 December 2019 and will run until 2050. On 31 July 2019, it was unanimously approved by the board of directors during the shareholders' meeting of Acque del Chiampo and Medio Chiampo.

Andrea Pellizzari, CEO of Acque del Chiampo said, The tender has two objectives. First, to select the operating partner that promotes the best technological solution. Second, to set up a NewCo entrusted with a 30-year contract to manage the dried sludge produced by the Acque del Chiampo and Medio Chiampo purifiers plants.

The NewCo will be a holding company set up with the partner identified through the tender. The partner will be entitled to own between 61% and 70% of shares.

The new sludge treatment system will have to cover an area adding at least another 15,000 tonnes to the 35,000 produced by Acque del Chiampo and Medio Chiampo, so as to justify the economy of scale. The new system will be strategic to treat waste produced in the Veneto Region, one of Italys most industrialised areas.

The partner identified through the tender will have to identify the area where to build the new plant. However, location of the plant must not be in the municipalities of the Valle del Chiampo Basin Council (Altissimo, Arzignano, Brendola, Chiampo, Crespadoro, Gambellara, Lonigo, Montebello Vicentino, Montecchio Maggiore, Montorso, Nogarole, San Pietro Mussolino, Zermeghedo).

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