In 2017, Waterleau has been awarded the tender for the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of the Taipa and Macao International Airport (MIA) municipal wastewater treatment plants, owned by EPA of Macao SAR (Special Administrative Region of the China territory). The new contract includes both O&M for the Taipa and MIA treatment plants as well as a substantial technological upgrade of the larger Taipa plant. Both plants have been operated by Waterleau since 2009. The new operation & maintenance extension was initiated on 1 January 2018 and will be completed by 31 December 2023. The extension has a total contract value of EUR 22 million of which O&M accounts for EUR 15 million and the technical upgrade works for EUR 7 million. The contract is the largest tender awarded to Waterleau in Macao and a confirmation of Waterleau’s expertise in the D&B as well as the O&M of municipal wastewater treatment and water recovery plants.
The retrofit of the Taipa plant includes upgrading the electro mechanical equipment as well as redesigning the pretreatment, the membrane post treatment allowing water recovery, and finally, biological odor treatment. A Waterleau/Beijing Origin Water Joint Venture will be responsible for the construction works.
With 5 out of 5 wastewater treatment plants built and operated by Waterleau, Waterleau has a strong track record in municipal wastewater treatment operations in Macao. In 2016 Waterleau was awarded the EUR 12 million O&M contract of the ETAR Macao plant and just recently gained the new O&M extension contract that has started in early 2019. In 2018, Waterleau was granted the Operations and Maintenance and the upgrade of the Coloane treatment plant, after ten years of being out of our hands.
With the 2016 O&M contract for the ETAR Macao, the new O&M extensions of the Taipa, MIA plants, ETAR Macao and finally the O&M contract of Coloane, the total Waterleau Macao workforce is now 100 FTE and the Waterleau presence in Macao secured until at least 2023.