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GE Water, Veolia and Degremont will compete for South Australia and Victorian desalination plants

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

A public-private partnership is the most likely financial arrangement but the VictorianGovernment will not announce the funding deal until later this year reported The Age (7/7/2007).

GE Water yet to break into Australian market: GE Water has delivered about 1000 desalination plants worldwide but is yet to break into the Australian market and will compete against two French companies that are already established in Australia. GE Water Australia general manager Nan-Maree Schoerie said jockeying for position was intense because desalination expertise was limited.

Veolia already holds assets in NSW and Queensland: Veolia Environment is the French parent company of Connex, which runs Melbourne’s train network. The Blue Water Consortium, including Veolia, John Holland, Sinclair Knight Merz and Maunsell last month won the contract to build Sydney’s desalination plant. In Queensland, Veolia has formed the Coast Water Consortium with John Holland, Sinclair Knight Merz and Cardno to build a plant on the Gold Coast. http://www.ourwaterourfuture.vic.gov.au

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