Cadagua Ferrovial RSS Channelhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/rssCadagua Ferrovial Newsen-ENBRINERECOVERY. MIT and Cadagua Meetings in Spainhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/brinerecovery-mit-and-cadagua-meetings-in-spain This project is within the circular economy scope, analysing the technical and economic feasibility of recovering and valorizing products resulting from the brine from desalination plants and which may be used in their operating (such as, for example, sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid). Throughout this visit, follow-up meetings were held at the offices of Cadagua in Bilbao and Madrid, while also at the Valdelentisco Desalination Plant in Cartagena (Murcia), owned by Acuamed and managed by Cadagua.  Both Project follow-up meetings and sessions for brainstorming and exploring future collaboration opportunities were held at the offices in Cadagua Bilbao. Members of the R&D&I and Engineering departments of Cadagua actively participated in the latter objective. Specific project management and follow-up sessions took place at the offices in Madrid. Finally, there was a detailed technical visit to the IDAM Valdelentisco desalination plant, the premises foreseen for the implementation of the technological solution developed within the framework of this project. After the aforementioned visit, a closing meeting was held regarding the days spent together, in order to identify the conclusions to be implemented to reach Milestone 2 of the project while this is being carried out (process modelling). The next face-to-face meeting (between Cadagua and the MIT) is expected to take place next October in Boston (USA). Production record in the Aguilas Desalination Planthttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/production-record-in-the-aguilas-desalination-plant Last June, a large production record was achieved in the Aguilas Desalination Plant, owned by Acuamed and operated by Cadagua, with a total of 5 511 102 cubic meters of desalinated water, a value even higher than the nominal production of the plant. This water is mainly intended for irrigation and has a similar quality to drinking water. It is the first time that the barrier of the 5 million cubic meters produced in a month is exceeded, since its commissioning in February 2.013. This production is equivalent to the monthly consumption of a population of 1,253,309 inhabitants. Due to the increasing drought of the last years suffered especially in southeastern Spain, the demand of desalinated water is increasing. Among the three desalination plants operated and maintained by Cadagua in this area (IDAM Aguilas, IDAM Valdelentisco and IDAM Alicante), the total production of water for the month of June amounts to 9,823,938 m3, or 3,790 liters second. Cadagua is an obligatory reference in the management of water treatment and desalination business. It has designed and built more than 250 water treatment facilities (potable, residual, advanced treatments and desalination), reaching a total treatment capacity of over 15,000,000 m³/day. Cadagua has designed and built more than 40 desalination plants, which produce about 2 million m3 per day of desalinated water. In addition to the aforementioned desalination plants, Cadagua also operates the desalination plants in Ceuta, Melilla, and La Aldea in Spain and adds more than 30 years of experience in the construction and operation of desalination plants. 10 years since the commissioning of desalination plant of Melilla, operated by Cadaguahttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/10-years-since-the-commissioning-of-desalination-plant-of-melilla-operated-by-cadagua The Desalination Plant has a water production capacity of 7,100,000 m3 a year and is used to supply drinking water to this Autonomous City. It is the main supply source for the City, providing over 60% of all the water required. Since the water resources of Melilla are scarce, being an area that suffers long droughts, the desalination plant is essential to ensure its supply to the City. As a result, this installation has been working at full capacity since it was commissioned, some years even exceeding the nominal production thanks to the effort and commitment of the operating management team. The desalination plant of Melilla has an open seawater inlet via an underwater intake, with a raw water pre-treatment based on double sand-filter and cartridge-filter stage before a reverse osmosis process for energy recovery by means of turbines and, finally, pumping the water produced to the tanks of the City. Cadagua also operates other similar contracts using the concession model, such as that of the Desalination Plant of Ceuta. Cadagua has been operating this plant for 20 years and through a concession model since 2004. Similarly to that in Melilla, the desalination plant of Ceuta is basically to supply drinking water to the city it serves. Apart from these two plants, Cadagua has participated in the construction of more than 40 desalination plants throughout different countries which produce around 2 million m3 a day of drinking and irrigation water. Cadagua and Fundación Adecco present the UNIDOS Project at the University of Deustohttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-and-fundacion-adecco-present-the-unidos-project-at-the-university-of-deusto Cadagua has been participating in this project of Fundación Adecco since 2016 via mentoring students with disabilities. This main goal of this pioneering and innovative initiative is to normalise disabilities in the university environment while boosting occupational inclusion of young students by means of different actions. Cadagua participates in this Project with other companies firmly established in the Basque Country such as ZTE Managed Services Southern Europe, Bahía de Bizkaia Gas, Nextel, Seguros Santa Lucía, IK-4-Tekniker, Erhardt and Arcelor Mittal Guipuzkoa.   Cadagua takes part in the Conference on Membrane Bioreactorshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-takes-part-in-the-conference-on-membrane-bioreactors The VI Conference on Membrane Bioreactors was held last 14th June in Barcelona, showing the results of the latest projects and pilot tests performed using anaerobic processes. Cadagua was honoured to start the Conference by means of an exposition by the Manager of the Jumilla WWTP, Julian Escudero Cantero, of the works carried out there during the past twelve months, with a pilot wastewater treatment plant using anaerobic technology at room temperature (BIOPAC IC) and membrane technology. Those attending showed great interest in the results presented which stated the maturity of the project and the possibilities offered regarding the medium-term implementation of this type of technology within the scope of urban sewage. Cadagua’s involvement in this event confirms its implication and the active participation from the Region of Murcia, encouraging the development of new wastewater reuse and energy optimisation technologies. Assembly and Start-up Technical Conferenceshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/assembly-and-start-up-technical-conferences Last 18th May, CADAGUA held the Assembly and Start-up Technical Conferences in Bilbao, focussing on all those Responsible for supervising the assembly of our installations and the Technicians for their Start-up. The aim was to share the methodologies for their use and improvement, new work methods, together with reinforcing the coordination, teamwork and efficiency in our processes. There was the attendance of key members of the Production, Engineering, Contracting and Offer Departments, among others, a fact which transformed these Conferences into a workshop in which many invaluable ideas and possible improvements were contributed. From here we once more thank all those participating for their attendance and the value added, in the hope these are the first of a series of new Conferences in the future.  Cadagua is developing an Early Warning System for Plankton Bloomshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-is-developing-an-early-warning-system-for-plankton-blooms Even though specific pre-treatments to face these phenomena do exist, their operation is usually costly, for which reason their activation should only be performed in situations in which this is really necessary. The decision to activate this equipment is usually taken after visually inspecting the area, which may lead to errors deriving from such inspection, which will have an important impact on the operating costs associated with such equipment. The availability of more reliable information on the time probability of phytoplankton being present at the desalination plant input, together with a quantification of its size, would make it possible to run the equipment in a more efficient manner, with the result cost savings. In this scenario, Cadagua is developing in collaboration with the Technological Institute of Galicia, the Agro-food Technology and Research Institute and Ferrovial, the “Phytoplankton Detection” project which consists in designing and developing a pilot early phytoplankton warning system at the water intake in desalination plants, in order to detect the presence of these phenomena sufficiently in advance and with a reliability above 90%. The agile Scrum project methodology is used for its management (a process minimising risks while performing a project in a collaborative manner). The result of this project will allow for the design and implementation of pilot equipment for algal bloom detection, transferrable to any other area, involving minimum work to calibrate the models developed for the area and point of interest selected. Madrid Excelente renewalhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/madrid-excelente-renewal Once more, Cadagua contributes to the renewal of Ferrovial in its use of the Madrid Excelente guarantee mark for another three-year period. This seal was granted to the company towards the end of 2010, distinguishing Ferrovial with the guarantee mark of the Government of the Community of Madrid. This seal acknowledges and certifies the quality and excellence in company management, in order to encourage competitiveness at the core of the business. Some aspects, such as innovation, continuous improvement, social responsibility, customer satisfaction, personnel policies and active contribution to the economic and social development of Madrid, are taken into account when granting and renewing this distinction. The Madrid Excelente seal can be used as a supporting or reinforcing hallmark when processing tenders or bids, therefore providing a competitive advantage to the company. The Madrid Excelente mark of distinction represents the trust of consumers, the acknowledgement of society as a whole and the backing by the Community of Madrid itself. The certificate is available for download at the following link:  Certificado Madrid Excelente.pdf Meetings between Cadagua and the MIT in Bostonhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/meetings-between-cadagua-and-the-mit-in-boston The project falls within the scope of a circular economy, analysing the technical and economic feasibility of the recovery and valorization of products, using the brine from desalination plants, which may be used for the operation of such facilities (e.g., sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid). This time, part of the R&D&I team moved to Massachusetts (Boston) to hold the meeting regarding project development with the team of researchers of the MIT. Likewise and taking advantage of staying at the MIT, a series of meetings were held with Professors of this University, in an attempt to identify possible future projects for collaboration between Cadagua and the MIT. The coming face-to-face meetings will be held towards the end of April, when the team of researchers of the MIT visit us at our facilities in Bilbao, Madrid and Valdelentisco. Cadagua committed to the Re-usage Purified Waterhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-committed-to-the-re-usage-purified-water The socioeconomic importance of agriculture in the Region of Murcia is such that a total re-usage of purified water for agricultural irrigation has been sought for years. For this Cadagua contributes with all the means at its disposal. Two events took place during the month of March which, once again, corroborate the involvement and active participation of Cadagua in the Region of Murcia. Last 16th March, the works on the new output pipe for the improvement in the re-usage of regenerated water from the San Pedro del Pinatar Wastewater Treatment Plant were inaugurated, making 2.7 cubic hectometres of water available per year to the irrigation farmers of Campo de Cartagena, for its re-usage and use in the agricultural sector. Cadagua celebrates the World Water Dayhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-celebrates-the-world-water-day The World Water Day is celebrated annually from this date onwards, it being an opportunity to learn more about water, to share the problems relating to it and to take measures to change the situation. Its theme this year was “Why waste water?” Cadagua, a company specialising in the design, construction and operation of wastewater treatment plants, resulting from its commitment to preserving our natural resources, participated in different forums that day to demand attention is paid on the importance of water and to defend the sustainable management of this natural resource. Its participation in following should be highlighted: “Water, a source of life, development and progress for the Region of Murcia. Declaration on the World Water Day. Why waste water?” at the Pedro Cano Foundation in Blanca (Murcia). “Past, present and future of wastewater”, a seminar organised by CYII in collaboration with AEAS. Institutional World Water Day Ceremony promoted by the Island Council of Gran Canaria and the Island Water Council. “Management of water of Tenerife as an experience applicable to the Tourism Sector in Africa”, a Water and Tourism Forum promoted by the Island Council of Tenerife and the Island Water Council of Tenerife. Doors open to the public of 18 WWTPs and of the DWTP of Yalde as part of the “Rioja Alta Najerilla” contract in the Autonomous Community of La Rioja. Doors open days in the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera). News in the press (La Verdad, Faro de Ceuta, El Pueblo de Ceuta, Diario de Ibiza, Periódico de Ibiza, TEF, Formentera Avui, etc.). Second Integral Water Cycle Management Coursehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/second-integral-water-cycle-management-course Meant for recent Civil Engineers graduates and active or unemployed professionals, willing to guide their professional development, towards dynamic companies with highly technical and economic challenges improving their job opportunities. The course which is being held from the 27th of February to the 7th of June 2017 and has 4 modules, is addressed from Mondays to Thursdays adding a total of 224 lecture plus hands on training hours. Currently classes are provided in the College of Civil Engineers of Madrid lecture hall Mondays and Tuesdays, and in the Canal de Isabel II Gestión facilities on Wednesdays and Thursdays. From Cadagua, we participate with a large group of speakers with vast experience and broad professional career, representing our know how across the entire value chain; Engineering, Commissioning and Operation and Maintenance among others, within the Modules of Projects Planning, Construction and O&M. Ferrovial to implement social projects in six countries in 2017http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-to-implement-social-projects-in-six-countries-in-2017 Ferrovial has signed agreements with a number of NGOs to cooperate with their community investment initiatives under the umbrella of its "Social Infrastructure", "Stronger Together" and "Social Action in Spain" programs, for a total of 700,000 euro in 2017. These programs are part of the company's corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, entitled "Plan 20.19". There are six beneficiary countries this year: Colombia, Peru, Ghana, Haiti, India and Spain. Under "Social Infrastructure", Ferrovial will participate in three projects. The company will work with Plan International to upgrade water supply and sanitation in Ventanilla, Callao, Lima (Colombia). This project involves building an underground and an overground tank, improving toilets and washing facilities, and reusing water. In Colombia, in cooperation with Save the Children, the company will contribute to improving drinking water and sanitation infrastructure in four schools in the municipalities of El Tambo and Bolívar (Cauca). Additionally, water tanks will be built and existing reservoirs will be protected. In cooperation with World Vision, Ferrovial will provide a supply of drinking water to four communities, a school and a health center in the Zabzugu district of northern Ghana, by fitting solar-powered pumps to four wells. These three projects will improve living standards for around 13,421 people. In addition to the monetary contribution, Ferrovial employees will volunteer their time to provide technical and technological support at various stages of the projects. Since the program began in 2008, Ferrovial has allocated more than 4.5 million euro to ensuring access to drinking water for 191,000 people in various countries in Africa and Latin America. Social Action in Spain As part of its social commitment in Spain, Ferrovial will donate 100,000 euro to Banco de Alimentos foodbank to refurbish and/or upgrade nine meal centers and food stores in Palencia, Segura (Murcia), Orense, Cáceres, Algeciras, Huelva, Granada, Madrid and Barcelona. Since 2012, Ferrovial has allocated 497,894 euro to initiatives of this type, benefiting 31,417 people. In previous years, it worked with the Spanish Red Cross, Caritas and World Vision on this program in such cities as Madrid, La Coruña, Murcia, Santander, Barcelona and Seville. Also, under the "Stronger Together" program, Ferrovial employees donate part of their salary to community action. The employees vote on how the funds are to be used. The company matches the donations. In 2016, over 106,000 euro were allocated to three projects, proposed by Manos Unidas, Aldeas Infantiles SOS and Asociación Fontilles. Upgrading the Manos Unidas dispensary in Bonneau (Haiti) will benefit 8,000 people directly and another 7,000 indirectly. The birthing room will be separated from the emergency room, two rooms with beds will be added, and electricity will be installed in the entire building to ensure quality healthcare for the population. With Aldeas Infantiles SOS, a day center will be established in Málaga for minors and families at risk of exclusion, lack of protection or social conflict. The center, which will benefit about 200 people, will orient disadvantaged families on finding work and caring for their children, covering their basic needs. The project with Asociación Fontilles will focus on eliminating leprosy and improving patients' living standards in Bangalore (India). It will benefit about 750 people directly and 80,000 indirectly through raising awareness in the community, creating self-help groups, and training healthcare professional in early detection and treatment of leprosy. Since inception in 2005, the "Stronger Together" program has allocated over 1.4 million euro to projects that have benefited over 140,000 people. FINI Awardhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/fini-award Cadagua continues to provide solutions of high added value to the Spanish industry. We have recently signed a contract with Fini Golosinas SLU (FINI) for the design, construction, commissioning and operation & maintenance of its new wastewater treatment plant at Molina de Segura Factory (Murcia) for 4 years. FINI is the largest Spanish company in the manufacture and distribution of sweets, being leader in jelly candies, marshmallow and licorice, and like CADAGUA, has more than 40 years of history. This project undoubtedly supposes for CADAGUA a motivating challenge and the entrance to a new and promising industrial sector. This agreement culminates a long process which begun in the year 2011 with the completion of a pilot plant during which the anaerobic biodegradability of the wastewater was verified. This piloting among other things helped us to optimize the design of the current plant. Cadagua validates once more the Environmental Statements for the Desalination Plants of Valdelentisco and Águilas-Guadalentínhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-validates-once-more-the-environmental-statements-for-the-desalination-plants-of-valdelentisco-and-aguilas-guadalentin Cadagua achieved once again the validation of the Environmental Statements for the desalination plants of Valdelentisco and Águilas-Guadalentín, for the eighth and second consecutive respectively, in accordance with the EMAS Regulation. The EMAS (Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a voluntary tool designed by the European Commission for the registration and public acknowledgement of companies and organisations which have an environmental management system in place allowing them to evaluate, manage and improve their environmental impact, thus ensuring their excellent behaviour in this area. Both the Desalination Plant of Valdelentisco and the Desalination Plant of Águilas-Guadalentín, property of Acuamed, are managed by Cadagua and have our Environmental Management System in place. The certification of this Regulation increases the involvement of Cadagua with regard to the environment and its sustainable development. Both Environmental Statements are available to download in The Enviroment section of this site. Cadagua nominated in 3 categories to the Global Water Awardshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-nominated-in-3-categories-to-the-global-water-awards Cadagua,has been nominated to the Global Water Awards 2017, organized by the water business magazine GWI, in three categories. First nomination is as Desalination Company of Year, due to the achievement of having completed within the year 2016 a total of 5 desalination plants (Ghubrah, Al Zawrah, Jorf Lasfar, Ceuta-II y Granadilla) in very diverse countries such as Oman, UAE, Morocco and Spain. Those plants add 336.600 m3/d to the desalinated water production total capacity of 2,000,000 m3/d that Cadagua holds in more than 40 projects built. The awards nomination panel also appreciated other Company achievements such as his commitment to the R&D and continuous innovation, demonstrated by his long term collaboration with the prestigious MIT research centre with 3 related projects, the most recent being the resource recovery of chemicals from the desalination brine. The other two nominations are to the best Municipal Desalination Project, for the Al Ghubrah plant and to the best Industrial Desalination Project, for the Jorf Lasfar plant. In early 2016 the Al Ghubrah SWRO plant in Muscat (Oman) passed the performance testing and started its commercial operation. The plant that uses RO technology has a capacity of 191,000 m3/day of potable water and Cadagua completed the Project successfully in a record period of time never seen before in the region. The other nominated project was Jorf Lasfar SWRO plant in Morocco selected due to the challenge of treating seawater taken from a harbour with high industrial activity and associated pollution. The plant is equipped with a robust pretreatment including solids Screening (coarse and fine), DAF (dissolved air flotation), self-cleaning Filtration and UF membrane filtration (pressurized hollow fiber). The RO system is designed with two passes what allows various operating modes and guarantees the requested product water quality. The Global Water Awards winners will be disclosed at the GWI Water Summit gala dinner that will take place in Madrid on the 24th of April, the most prestigious international water business market event, after an online voting process among the registered summit attendants, magazine subscriptors and IDA (International Desalination Association) members. You can consult the complete nominations list at the link: http://www.globalwaterawards.com/2017-awards-shortlist Cadagua prize winner once more at the 2016 Ferrovial Innovate Awards http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-prize-winner-once-more-at-the-2016-ferrovial-innovate-awards- The recognition gala and prize-giving ceremony was held one more year for the best actions at the 2016 INNOVATE Awards. This new edition of the awards welcomed over 160 innovative practices, with CADAGUA receiving four prizes for the innovative proposals it presented. The following were the prize-winning proposals of CADAGUA this year: The creation of an operating procedure to transfer experience. A pneumatic set of equipment aiding reverse osmosis membrane loading and extraction. The Design and Construction of Modular Frames for Reverse Osmosis/Desalination. The cleaning of submarine inlets by means of high pressure water blasting equipment. ​ Ferrovial features in the FTSE4Good Sustainability Index for the twelfth year runninghttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-features-in-the-ftse4good-sustainability-index-for-the-twelfth-year-running Ferrovial has once again appeared in the FTSE4Good Sustainability Index following the rating’s half-yearly reconstitution in December 2016. This is Ferrovial’s twelfth year running in the index, which evaluates a company’s performance in terms of their Corporate Responsibility. FTSE methodology features fourteen themes, distributed across the three pillars of ESG (Environment, Social and Government): Environmental (Climate Change, Pollution and Resources, Water Use, Biodiversity, and Supply chain with an environmental approach), Social (Labour Standards, Human Rights and Community, Health & Safety, Customer Responsibility, and Supply Chain with a social approach), and Governance (Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Anti-corruption, and Tax Transparency); with over 300 indicators. These criteria are reviewed every six months (June and December). The FTSE4Good Series is designed to help investors integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment decisions. The indexes identify companies that better manage ESG risks and are used as a basis for tracker funds, structured products and as a performance benchmark. Find out more information about Ferrovial’s SRI and Sustainability Indexes here.   Ferrovial enters the Sustainability Yearbook with a Silver Class distinctionhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-enters-the-sustainability-yearbook-with-a-silver-class-distinction Ferrovial has been included in the new edition of RobecoSAM´s “The Sustainability Yearbook”, which highlights the companies with an outstanding performance regarding sustainability. Besides, this year Ferrovial has obtained a Silver Class distinction, improving the results from the previous year. This distinction is obtained only by 1-5% of the companies of each sector, from a total of 867 companies from 42 countries. When ranking the companies, RobecoSAM takes into account material factors that have an impact in the company’s value, such as the ability to innovate, attract and retain talent, or improve its ecologic efficiency. This is very important from the investors’ point of view, and has an influence in the company’s competitive position and in its long term economic performance. Other awards and recognitions obtained by Ferrovial during 2016 The company has had a very good performance regarding sustainability and corporate responsibility. During 2016 it has obtained several awards and recognitions in this field. Among others, it has been included in the STOXX Global ESG Leader index, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, FTSE4Good, Carbon Disclosure Project, MSCI Global Sustainability Index, Climate A List and Carbon Clear. Moreover, Ferrovial gives great importance to the relationships with analysts and investors specialized in Socially Responsible Investment. This is due to the fact that ethic, social and environmental aspects are taking great relevance in investment decisions.   Cadagua optimizes electricty consumption in the Valdelentisco WTPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-optimizes-electricty-consumption-in-the-valdelentisco-wtp Valdelentisco Desalination Plant was designed and executed by Cadagua. In January 2008, the plant was inaugurated and put in service. For energy recovery the plant is equipped with a system, which was an innovative and efficient design of his time, but which has become obsolete against energy recovery  devices (ERIs) based on isobaric chambers. These devices can achieve much greater reduction of the specific electrical consumption during reverse osmosis process. For this reason Cadagua carried out the replacement in two racks of the existing energy recovery system, by the new system, ERI model PX-Q300. Replacement work was completed in November 2013 and, after commissioning, went into service. Since then it has worked in perfect conditions, being able to verify consistently the expected energy saving. After this highly satisfactory experience, Cadagua is preparing to make an even more ambitious modification, which will bring even greater reductions in specific consumption. For this, the original energy recovery system will be replaced by ERI system in another eight racks. With this new proposal Cadagua maintains its position as a reference point in the design, development, construction and maintenance of water treatment and desalination plants. Cadagua moves to Boston to meet MIThttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-moves-to-boston-to-meet-mit Within the framework of the cooperation agreement between Ferrovial and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), representatives from Cadagua R&D&I Department have moved to Boston to hold a meeting MIT. The goal of this session was to review the ongoing project “Seawater Desalination Brine Stream Byproduct Recovery and Valorization Options” and the search of new innovation chances. The agenda included different lectures about key topics as: tools for Entrepreneurship and intra-Entrepreneurship guided by innovation, mobility of the future, urban physics and big data to innovate in the cities management, internet of things, data, systems and Institute society. The team also attended different lectures (and showcase) by start-up companies (Tag Up, WiTricity, MapD, American Boronite Corporation) as a touchdown on the MIT innovation ecosystem.   Cadagua extended its stay in order to complete the agenda with three additional goals. First progressing with the project “Seawater Desalination Brine Stream Byproduct Recovery and Valorization Options” (Brine Recovery). Secondly several interviews searching potential ways and projects for future cooperation were hold with different professors. Thereby meetings were hold with the Department of Mechanical Engineering) and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Thirdly the event MIT WATER SUMMIT was also attended. The Minister for Water, Agriculture and Environment, Adela Martínez Cachá, visits Cadagua employees.http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/the-minister-for-water-agriculture-and-environment-adela-martinez-cacha-visits-cadagua-employees On January 10th, Adela Martínez Cachá, along with the Director and Technician from ESAMUR Zone I, met at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in San Javier with the employees and representatives of Cadagua to thank them for their work during the recent period of heavy rainfiall and flooding experienced in the  Region of Murcia. This situation raised severe incidents in both the San Javier and Los Alcázares Wastewater Treatment Plants. The minister made special mention of the effort and commitment to comply with legal requisites over the dumping of nitrates into the Mar Menor. At the meeting, the initiation of a campaign to correct the public misconception that the wastewater treatment plants pollute the Mar Menor, based on the fact that the water released into the Mar Menor meets legal requirements and is a licenced operation, was discussed. Cadagua is Awarded a New Contract in Polandhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-is-awarded-a-new-contract-in-poland The works included in this new contract are an extension of the two contracts signed in 2016, for Cadagua to remodel the sand filters and the ozone station of the aforementioned DWTP. This will be a Design & Build contract in which the remodelling of two Pump Stations built in the 70s, will be designed and built to provide respective pumping capacities of up to 260,000 m3 and 240,000 m3 per day. All the works include the refurbishment and modernisation of the buildings, while also integrating the automation of such stations in the main control system located at the Wieliszew DWTP.  With its presence in Poland for the past 11 years, where it has built more than 15 water treatment plants, Cadagua continues being committed to its consolidation in the Polish market.  Cadagua nominated to execute the Bolueta pilot plant. Prefabricated & BIM philosophyhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-nominated-to-execute-the-bolueta-pilot-plant-prefabricated-bim-philosophy The Water Consortium of Bilbao Bizkaia (CABB) has selected Cadagua for the execution of the "NERVION RIVER WATER TREATABILITY TESTS PILOT PLANT". This is an ambitious project led by the Water Consortium of Bilbao Bizkaia, whose main objectives are: Determine the future implementations required at Venta Alta DWTP so that the Nervión River water can be treated in compliance with the current legislation. Study the performance of the plant under different scenarios of raw water quality of the Nervión River and under extreme situations such as droughts or exceptional rains. Analyze the behavior of the plant to eliminate not only the usual contaminants, but also to emerging pollutants. Cadagua will develop an innovative and advanced 3D design under BIM (Building Information Modeling) philosophy that will allow our client and our subcontractors total control over the construction, ensuring the schedule, flexibility, operability and accessibility. To carry out this task, a fully prefabricated plant with a modular and transportable configuration will be designed, taking into account the space constraints and the strict requirements of the Consortium. With this contract Cadagua is strengthen in the design, construction and advanced research of water treatment plants. The involvement of the Cadagua R&D Department will be paramount to analyze the future needs of the Venta Alta Plant with the alternative source of intake water that the Nervión River represents. Additional advanced treatment tests using ultrafiltration membranes and advanced oxidation processes will be carried out. The plant will have 6 independent opened modules plus 4 closed modules to house chemicals, control systems, laboratory and offices.   Cadagua starts up five new desalination plantshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-starts-up-five-new-desalination-plants The five contracts have been carried out in such demanding markets, and different, such as Oman and United Arab Emirates, or Morocco and Spain. In February 2016, the Al Ghubrah desalination plant in Muscat (Oman) entered into commercial operation. The start-up of this facility, with a daily production capacity of 191,000 m3 of potable water, successfully reached the challenge of its completion just in record time. This is a BOT contract in which Cadagua, in addition to leading the EPC, also participates as an investment and operation partner. The pre-treatment system consists of a process based on Coagulation-Flocculation, Dissolved Air Flotation and Pressure filtration (bilayer, sand-anthracite). After the corresponding safety filtration (cartridge-based), the Reverse Osmosis system consists of two passes, the first of which arrange a "partial split" configuration, for an optimal adaptation to the requirements of boron in the produced water ( below 0.5 mg/l). Energy recovery devices based on ERI PX pressure exchangers technology have been installed. As a post-treatment, a remineralization system, based on addition of lime and CO2, has been included. In June 2016, the acceptance of the Al Zawra seawater desalination plant, in Ajman (UAE), took place. This plant produces 45,500 m3 per day as drinking water The pretreatment system comprises Coagulation-Flocculation, Dissolved Air Flotation, Self-cleaning filtration and Ultrafiltration membranes (hollow fiber, pressurized). The RO system is set up in a single pass and single stage and is equipped with an energy recovery system based on ERI equipment (PX-60). As a post-treatment, a remineralization system based on addition of lime and CO2 has been included. In September of this year, the  challenge and tough task of commissioning the Jorf Lasfar desalination plant in Morocco was satisfactorily concluded. In this case and due to the pollutants in the sea water it has entailed, if possible, a more deserving conclusion, with  successful results,  along the start-up phase of the mentioned installation. As pretreatment, a stage of Sieving (rough and fine), Dissolved Air Flotation,  Self-cleaning filtration and Ultrafiltration membranes (hollow fiber pressurized membranes) have been included. 5 micron cartridges filters are employed as security filtration. A two-pass reverse osmosis membrane system, allows the use of any operational  arrangement to ensure compliance with the quality requirements for product water. Thus, in order to guarantee a boron content below 1 mg/l, the second  pass can be operated (or not), depending on the chemical composition of the water feeding the  RO portion and  its operating conditions. In the first pass ERI systems, based on PX pressure exchangers, have been installed to recover the energy within the pressurized brine stream, allowing to maximize the system efficiency and reduce operating costs. As post-treatment, a remineralization system, based on addition of lime and CO2, has been included. Cadagua finished the commissioning of the desalination plant extension in Ceuta, Spain, in October 2016. This extension adds another 10,000 m3/day to the capacity of the existing plant (22,000 m3/day). The civil works, lacking the electromechanical equipment, were also performed for a future extension for a further 10,000 m3 per day. This fully guarantees the supply of drinking water to the Autonomous City of Ceuta even at times when the drought is most severe. This extension includes a new open catchment and a closed sand filter pre-treatment offering the option to work both in single and double stage setups. In this way it is possible to face the different seawater conditions in the area. Reverse osmosis has been performed with a single-stage, high boron rejection membrane configuration. DWEER isobaric chambers have been selected as the energy recovery systems. CO2 and lime remineralisation are included in the post-treatment. Finally, in November 2016, Cadagua has launched  other seawater desalination plant in Granadilla, Tenerife. A plant of 14,000 m3/day, planned for a future expansion of up to 42,000 m3/day. It has been conceived to satisfy the demand of the region of Abona, assuring the water supply and improving its quality. In this desalination plant, the water collection takes place through beach wells, so it simply requires a pretreatment based on a closed filtration using sand and anthracite. The stage of Reverse Osmosis, consisting on a simple pass, is protected by the corresponding safety filtration, by cartridges filters, and is accompanied by an installation of pressure exchangers (ERI) to maximize the energy recovery. The remineralization takes place through calcite beds, in which the permeate of the osmosis is brought into contact with a bed of calcium carbonate, once the proper amount of CO2 has been dissolved in this stream. Cadagua has designed and built more than 40 desalination plants, producing about 2 million m3 per day of desalinated water. Cadagua is a mandatory reference in the management of water treatment and desalination business. It has designed and built more than 250 water treatment facilities (potable, residual, advanced treatments and desalination), reaching a total treatment capacity of over 15,000,000 m³/day. Considering the Maintenance and Operation service, the equivalent population served exceeds 21.000.000. Ferrovial registers its Carbon Footprint and distinguishes itself in the fight against climate changehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-registers-its-carbon-footprint-and-distinguishes-itself-in-the-fight-against-climate-change Ferrovial has registered its Carbon Footprint, compensation and CO2 absorption projects from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment. This has been registered in section A of the Carbon footprint and commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The register has been made with scopes 1 and 2, and the calculation includes the activities that are carried out nationally in the field of construction, water plant treatment, infrastructure management, energy efficiency and all the affiliates and divisions of Ferrovial. In order to obtain this certification emission intensity has been reduced by 1.7% in the triennial 2013-2015 in comparison with the triennial 2012-2014. In 2014, the Cabinet approved the Royal Decree 163/2014, which created this register with the aim of increasing the calculation and reducing the carbon footprint through Spanish organisations, as well as promoting projects that improve the drain capacity of Spain. The stamp born with a dual purpose. On the one hand, it makes easier for the organisations to demonstrate their participation in the register and, on the other hand, allows the extent of their effort undertaken in the fight against climate change to be reflected. In this sense, it was considered opportune to distinguish between those organisations that measure their carbon footprint and are found to be trying to reduce their emissions, with those that have already reduced and/or compensated their emissions. The stamp, therefore, allows the identification, for a defined period (that will be annual), of three levels of participation: calculation of the carbon footprint, its reduction and/or its compensation.   Ferrovial is included, for the third year running, in the Global Top 50 ranking for IR Magazinehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-is-included-for-the-third-year-running-in-the-global-top-50-ranking-for-ir-magazine For the third year running, the prestigious publication IR Magazine has included Ferrovial in the “Global Top 50” ranking, considered one of the best indices in the world for measuring companies in relation to Investor Relations. Ferrovial is the only infrastructure management company of this global ranking that recognises the best businesses for their actions and competencies in order to improve communication with their shareholders and investors. Furthermore, Ferrovial is one of the 19 prizewinning businesses from 2014 that has remained both in the 2015 and 2016 ranking. Ferrovial is one of three Spanish businesses selected in the Global Top 50 for IR Magazine, together with Santander and Iberdrola. The ranking has been carried out with data obtained from the annual survey, carried out by IR Magazine, in which 500 investors and analysts chose the best global companies after analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the IR teams, as well as the most important questions that affect the relation with Investors in five regions: USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Brazil. By geographic area, the USA dropped 8 places with regard to 2015 but continues to be the most represented country in the Top 50 with 14 companies. Europe obtained 17 companies in the ranking, 30% of which belongs to Germany. The growing presence of Asian businesses is highlighted as they represent 27% of companies. Moreover, out of the 13 new businesses in the index, 6 are Asian. Ferrovial, the best European company in Investor Relations within the Industrial Sector Other than this recognition, this prestigious magazine also recognised Ferrovial in 2015 as the best European company in the field of Investor Relations within the Industrial Sector in its IR Magazine Awards Europe 2015.   Cadagua achives the provisional acceptance of Jorf Lasfar Desalination Plant in Moroccohttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-achives-the-provisional-acceptance-of-jorf-lasfar-desalination-plant-in-morocco The provisional acceptance of the Desalination Plant of Seawater located in the Industrial Complex of Jorf Lasfar was signed last September. Designed and built by Cadagua for the OCP Group, a world leader in the production of derivatives of phosphates and fertilizers. With a budget of 60 million euros. The technologies employed are DAF and ultrafiltration in pretreatment and reverse osmosis. The plant has the capacity to produce 75,000 m3 per day, upgradeable to 100,000 m3 / day. The produced water will be used for internal supply of the OCP complex and for the network of local drinking water of El Jadida. Cadagua has designed and built more than 235 water treatment plants around the world with the capacity to supply more than 21 million people. Ferrovial in the 5TH Latin American Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-in-the-5th-latin-american-congress-on-desalination-and-water-reuse- This international forum has received more than 270 attendees, 55 technical presentations by authors from 16 countries and 5 plenary sessions and has been a great networking opportunity between public and private sectors. The Congress arose as a result of the water shortage due to climate change, that has made mining companies to explore new alternatives for the supply of this valuable and scarced resource; one of them is seawater desalination. In Desal2016 Congress issues such as the design and construction of desalination plants, wastewater reuse, environmental aspects of desalination, new desalination technologies and systems of water transport over long distances and height, are among others dealt with. Participation of Ferrovial in Desal Congress 2016 Edition Ferrovial, through Ferrovial Agroman and Cadagua, exhibited at their booth their most important projects executed in this field of specialization. It also offered presentations:  “Improvement of the energy efficiency after the replacement of Pelton turbines by isobaric chambers" by Cadagua experts Manuel Polo, Eva Muñoz, Marian Ruiz e Ignacio Zúñiga. “Design, operation and maintenance of pipelines of open intakes in desalination plants" by Carlos Cordón In representation of Ferrovial Agroman Chile has assisted Bruno Frazzoni, Development Manager in this country. Ferrovial has been present in Chile since 1990 and has developed important projects in the infrastructure area and the management of water.   Ignacio Zuñiga y Carlos Cordón, in their presentations. About DESAL Desal is organized by ALADYR - Latin American Association of Desalination and Reuse of water- and Gecamin, held every two years and seeks to generate a global network of contacts and exchange of technological information among professionals in the sector. Cadagua takes part in the Texas Descal Conferencehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-takes-part-in-the-texas-descal-conference Cadagua, along with Pepper Lawson Water, was actively involved in the Texas Desal Conference that took in the city of Austin in the last week of September. The technical and legal aspects relating to desalination were discussed throughout two days. The way in which the PPP model could create value in this type of project was also considered. Cadagua starts its third research project with the MIThttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-starts-its-third-research-project-with-the-mit Jointly with the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the R&D&I department of Cadagua has commenced the implementation of the Seawater Desalination Brine Stream Byproduct Recovery and Valorization Options project. The bid of Cadagua regarding a circular economy considers it necessary to study the possible recovery and valorization of the compounds and elements existing in brine for their transformation into valuable products. The advantages of the project are the following: A reduction in the operating costs of desalination plants. A reduction in the environmental impact of brine dumping. The close to the life cycle of desalination plant products and waste. New business opportunities. The kick-off meeting formalising the start of the project, which will be underway for the next 16 months in order to determine the future of the desalination installations of Cadagua, was held last 13th September. Cadagua forming a joint venture with Budimex is Awarded a New Contract in Polandhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-forming-a-joint-venture-with-budimex-is-awarded-a-new-contract-in-poland Cadagua, forming a joint venture with Budimex, has been selected by the City Council of Warsaw (Poland) to execute the modernisation of the Wieliszew WWTP (wastewater treatment plant), located in the outskirts of the city, supplying Warsaw a daily capacity of 100,000m3/day. The contract was signed between the parties last Thursday 8th September 2016 amounting to 24.9 million zlotys, approximately 5.8 million euros.   The works included in this new contract extend the scope of that signed in March this year to remodel the ozone station of the plant. The current contract will renew the water filtering system using a sand filter installation with a surface area in excess of 2500 square metres. Part of the pre-existing installations will also be renewed, including the substitution of the water pumps and the renewal of the power and control system. This will also require the substitution of the entire piping installations in existence, together with their valves.  Ferrovial, in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 15th Year Runninghttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-in-the-dow-jones-sustainability-index-for-the-15th-year-running The organisation has been included in the DJSI Europe and the DJSI World, becoming the only Spanish company in the Construction and Engineering sector to appear in the European and World Indices. The presence in this index backs the strength of the sustainability strategy Ferrovial has followed since 2002, year in which the company was first included in the DJSI.  More information New construction for Cadagua in USAhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/new-construction-for-cadagua-in-usa Cadagua has been awarded a contract for improvements to the O.N. Stevens Water Treatment Plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA for the value of $22 Million US. The WTP was built in 1954 and is in need of several improvements due to the age of the plant.  This Project will consist of a new High Service Pump Building (HSPS), rehabilitation to an existing HSPS, 60-Inch & 72-Inch steel yard piping, installation of a new 2MW back-up power generator, E&I Control Systems, access road improvements, utility and grading improvements and pavement and drainage rehabilitation. Corpus Christi is located in Nueces County, Texas , close to Nueces River. It was founded in 1838 and currently has 300,000 inhabitants with population density of 61,170 people per acre. South Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Award http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/south-wastewater-treatment-plant-wwtp-award- Cadagua has been awarded the Operating and Maintenance contract of the largest purification plants in the Community of Madrid, the Estación Depuradora de Aguas Residuales (EDAR) Sur [South Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)], for an amount over € 28 M and for a period of four years (until September 2020), with Canal de Isabel II and Gestión S.A. acting as the contracting parties. The flow treated by this plant (through biological processes) exceeds 80 million m3 per year, providing its services to the districts of Vicálvaro, Puente Vallecas and Villa de Vallecas in the capital, Madrid, while also attending the municipalities of Getafe, Parla, Pinto, Fuenlabrada and Humanes (approx. 1,000,000 inhabitants). This contract comprises the following services: Process Operation and Optimization Electricity Power Production Integral Conservation and Maintenance of plant infrastructures and equipment Execution of the improvements proposed in the tender Process and consumption control Reagent supplies Management and preparation of waste for its removal by third parties Operating personnel management Struvite plant management (struvite is a mineral used as a fertiliser in agriculture, this being obtained from the phosphorous dissolved in wastewater). With this new contract, Cadagua becomes consolidated in the national O&M market as one of leading companies in the sanitation and treatment sector, managing more than 170 plants amounting to an aggregate flow of treated waste and industrial water almost reaching 260 million m3 per year.   CADAGUA is Awarded Two Wastewater Treatment Plants Construction Contracts for the Paper Industryhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-is-awarded-two-wastewater-treatment-plants-construction-contracts-for-the-paper-industry The works consist in the design of the purification process, supply and assembly of mechanical equipment and commissioning of a new IC type anaerobic reactor similar to those in existence, two new aerobic biological treatment lines each made up by one biological reactor and one decanter, together with a desulphurization unit for the biogas coming from the anaerobic treatment using THIOPAQ technology, for its use as fuel in the factory premises. Likewise, CADAGUA and UNION INDUSTRIAL PAPELERA, S.A. (UIPSA) have signed a contract for the construction and start of the extension works for the process water treatment system of the factory in La Pobla de Claramunt (Barcelona).  The works consist in the design of the purification process, supply and assembly of mechanical equipment and commissioning of a new IC type anaerobic reactor and a new aerobic biological treatment line made up by a biological reactor and a decanter. Through its alliance with the Dutch company PAQUES BV, CADAGUA has very successfully carried out many treatment projects for highly-polluted industrial water in different sectors; mainly the paper, beer, food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. In the paper sector it has references regarding projects for acknowledged firms such as SAICA (El Burgo de Ebro and Zaragoza), UIPSA (La Pobla de Claramunt, Barcelona), SMURFIT-KAPPA (Mengibar, Jaen), EUROPAC (Dueñas, Palencia and Alcolea de Cinca, Huesca), PAPELERA ALQUERIA (Alicante), CELESA (Tortosa, Tarragona), KIMBERLY CLARK (Aranguren, Vizcaya, Barrow and Northfleet in the United Kingdom). Cadagua Water Footprinthttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-water-footprint The methodology to calculate the water footprint is specific to Ferrovial and was developed taking as a basis the principles from the “The Water Footprint Assessment Manual” (WFM), the “Global Water Tool” (GWT) and GRI-G4. These indices consider aspects such as the water scarcity in the country, the impact on water resources, the impact on the quality of and the access to water. The impact on this resource is quantified in this manner. The Water Footprint is made up by three indices: Business Water Index (BWI), relating to water consumption and discharge carried out in the activities performed by Ferrovial. Water Treatment Index (WTI), relating to the impact water treatment activities have on this resource (WWTPs, Wastewater Treatment Plants; IWWTPs, Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plants; DWTPs, Drinking Water Treatment Plants; and SWDPs, Seawater Desalination Plants). Water Access Index (WAI), relating to water supply projects within the Social Action Programme.   This is currently in its implementation stage and the first data will be obtained throughout 2016.  Project Unidos, an academic and career orientation programme for disabled undergraduate studentshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/project-unidos-an-academic-and-career-orientation-programme-for-disabled-undergraduate-students The participating actors in this edition are Deusto University, País Vasco University and Mondragón University, together with companies such as Cadagua, Seguros Santa Lucía, Bombardier, Bahía de Bizkaia Gas, ZTE and Arcelor Mittal. The Project Unidos   The Project Unidos is an orientation programme where Universities and Companies bring together their knowledge, resources and experience to accompany, guide and prepare disable undergraduate students throughout their academic life and in their access to the labour market. With this initiative, Adecco Foundation aims at creating an inclusive university that promotes disabled students’ participation and access to equal training, so that they acquire the necessary skills to enter the labour market. A personalized action itinerary for each individual candidate has been designed as follows: Accompanying plan during the academic year and on accessing the labor market, providing students with support and guidance from industry practitioners and experts in personnel recruitment and human resources. Guided Mentoring programme led by a team of senior students, an academic coordinator from the School or College, an industry professional and a mentor. Cadagua This is the second year that Cadagua takes part in this pioneering project from the Foundation. Last year Cadagua also participated with the Polythechnic University of Madrid, through Alberto Letona, Head of R+D+i of Cadagua, and who is currently mentoring a Chemical Science student.   Cadagua takes part in the ICEX Technical Seminar - Adaptation, Resilience to Climate Change and Risk Management. Business Opportunitieshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-takes-part-in-the-icex-technical-seminar-adaptation-resilience-to-climate-change-and-risk-management-business-opportunities Cadagua took part in the “Adaptation, Resilience to Climate Change and Risk Management. Business Opportunities” Technical Seminar organised by ICEX España Exportaciones e Inversiones, the main subjects discussed being the general framework for adaptation, the financial instruments supporting actions for adaptation abroad, how to integrate adaptation into business strategies and the opportunities related to climate resilience and risk management. Taking climate change as a fact, the seminar showed the relevant trend towards adaptation beyond its mitigation. Therefore, the private sector is foreseeing this new context including a climate variable in order to reduce the negative impacts deriving from climate change, while integrating the adaptation to this in its business strategies. Thus, the intention is to study the possible risks business activities may face, to encourage actions and to make use of the new opportunities it provides. The top management of several companies in the private sector, including that of Cadagua, took part in the analysis explaining, from their perspective, the activities developed to make use of the opportunities arising in association with resilience and risk management. Francisco del Molino, the Quality, Environmental and R&D&I Manager of Cadagua, presented a practical case on how the adaptation to climate change could take place in the building sector regarding an already existing infrastructure, this specifically being a seawater desalination plant. As before, Cadagua takes part in the second International Master´s Degree on Water Treatment Plant Operation and Maintenancehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/as-before-cadagua-takes-part-in-the-second-international-masters-degree-on-water-treatment-plant-operation-and-maintenance It specifically taught a part of module eight “Projects on Technological Innovation”, aimed both at persons wishing to develop their work activities within the Water Management scope and professionals already working in the Water sector and who wish to extend their knowledge. Francisco del Molino, the Quality, Environmental and R&D&I Manager; Manuel Polo, East Coast Operation and Maintenance Manager; and Carlos Rubio, Head of the O&M Contracting Service in the Area of Campo de Cartagena (Murcia), were in charge of tackling this module, the theoretical and practical aspects developed regarding innovation, with Cadagua providing its experience in various treatment plants it manages. “Innovation is a synonym for competitiveness, being the key towards improving our business; for this reason, it is very important for Cadagua to take part in this kind of training actions conveying outdoors that innovation is carried out day after day leading to process improvement” states del Molino. The subjects dealt with by Cadagua in this module were both theoretical and practical. The theoretical part reviewed the company, the general R&D&I concepts, the groups of UNE 166.000 Standards and tax incentives to R&D&I; the practical part went over the strategic R&D&I guidelines of the company, the projects performed by the Cadagua R&D&I Department together with those underway, and practical cases carried out in the water treatment plants managed by Cadagua such as: Ammonium/Nitrate Sensor Control (Fuente Álamo WWTP) MBR Modification (Urbanización Mar Menor WWTP and San Pedro del Pinatar WWTP) Advanced Nutrient Removal System (Albufera Sur WWTP) System developed for cartridge filter cleaning in Reverse Osmosis plants (Alicante SDP) Biogas increase through by-product co-digestion processes de (Albufera Sur WWTP and Paterna WWTP) Pilot experiments using extremophilic dehydrated sludge digestion processes. Pilot experiments using anaerobic WWTP influent treatments. The  International Postgraduate Centre is the main platform putting postgraduate training into action at the University of Oviedo, while also one of the main ones in the Campus for International Excellence and a means to coordinate the offer regarding master’s degrees, doctorate programmes, own degrees and continuous training. This centre integrates the Doctorate College of this Asturian academic institution. Ferrovial acquires Pepper Lawson to strengthen its construction business in the UShttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-acquires-pepper-lawson-to-strengthen-its-construction-business-in-the-us The Pepper Lawson acquisition will enhance company’s capabilities in the construction of water treatment plants and will facilitate development of subsidiary Cadagua in the North American market. Pepper Lawson’s annual revenues amount to 200 million dollars and it has a workforce of over 250. Ferrovial Agroman has a lengthy track record of construction in the US, including projects such as the North Tarrant Express and the LBJ Express. It was recently awarded a beltway in Atlanta and a section of high-speed railway line in California, and it is providing engineering and initial design work for the Texas high-speed railway. Also in Texas, through Cadagua and Webber, it landed its first water contract in the US in 2015: upgrading the Trophy Club wastewater treatment plant, in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. One More Year, Cadagua reduces its Carbon Footprinthttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/one-more-year-cadagua-reduces-its-carbon-footprint Therefore, it maintains extremely ambitious emission reduction targets for 2020 in comparison with the 2009 levels regarding Net Revenues (tCO2eq/M€) which are met very comfortably. A proportional reduction of 30% and 47%, with regard to 2014 and the base year respectively, were achieved during financial year 2015. In order to fulfil this commitment, Cadagua has developed and implemented actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, highlighting the following: The inclusion of energy efficiency criteria in purchases and service subcontracting. An improvement in the energy efficiency of vehicle fleets. An improvement in technology and operating processes to optimise the avoided emissions chapter. The encouragement to buy energy from renewable sources. Cadagua joins the UNIDOS program of Fundación Adeccohttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-joins-the-unidos-program-of-fundacion-adecco “Signing this agreement is to seal the commitment of Cadagua with everything representing diversity, equality and integration”, declared Agustín Manzanas, General Manager of Cadagua. “An initiative that encompasses follow-up and mentoring actions, which will be managed by Alberto Letona, Director of R&D&I at Cadagua” The UNIDOS program forms part of the initiatives that Fundación Adecco has recently set up, and which are mainly based on mentoring programs for students with disability. By identifying business tutors, the Foundations performs actions to complete and reinforce their training at associated universities. “For the student, this means guidance in their future working life, as they have the direct backing of a professional graduated in the university degree they have chosen”, commented Agustín Manzanas. “It is an opportunity for both parties”, said Alberto Letona, Director of R&D&I in Cadagua, who will be the mentor. “We want to give the best opportunity and we know we can provide an unbeatable experience”. Cadagua has a staff of over 600 people, of whom 20% are Engineers and graduated in various specialties of science applied to research and water management.  Cadagua has been awarded a new contract in Warsaw (Poland)http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-has-been-awarded-a-new-contract-in-warsaw-poland The work included in this new contract mainly consists in replacing the existing ozone production equipment for a new installation producing liquid oxygen ozone with a capacity of 3-20 kg O3/h, together with the preparation for a new ozonation stage, including filtering, that will reach a capacity of 3 -30 kg O3/h. Likewise, the power supply installation and the control system for the new plant will also be renovated. This project has a high strategic value for CADAGUA as it broadens the collaboration with the MPWiK water management company in Warsaw, the most important one in Poland. This project is governed by one of the ‘standard contracts’ for projects financed by the EU, based on the FIDIC Red Book. The works are expected to conclude by mid-2017. Cadagua has executed 12 projects in Poland throughout 10 years of presence in this market.  Commissioning of the Al Ghubrah Desalination Plant in Muscathttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/commissioning-of-the-al-ghubrah-desalination-plant-in-muscat The consortium headed by Cadagua has designed, built and commissioned the desalination plant with a budget of 215 million dollars. This project, based on Reverse Osmosis technology, is capable of producing 191,000 m3 of drinking water per day to supply a population of 700,000 persons in the metropolitan area of Muscat.  The operating of the Plant will make it possible to meet the growing demand for drinking water in the region, together with the decommissioning of several old installations which are no longer efficient.  The Plant has overcome important milestones during its construction, including over 3 million hours worked without Lost Time Injuries (LTI) while maintaining excellent safety conditions throughout the entire Project, this being acknowledged by over 2000 workers intervening it its construction and proving the unquestionable commitment to safety of Cadagua. Cadagua has developed many projects in the region of the Persian Gulf, highlighting among them the Medina Yanbu desalination plant, in Saudi Arabia; the Darsait wastewater treatment plant, in Oman; or the Al Zawrah desalination plant, in Ajman (United Arab Emirates). As a whole, Cadagua has designed and built over 235 water treatment plants with a capacity to supply over 21 million persons. Indirect Management Services for Operating the Loeches Composting, Thermal Drying Cogeneration Plant and Landfill, in Madridhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/indirect-management-services-for-operating-the-loeches-composting-thermal-drying-cogeneration-plant-and-landfill-in-madrid Canal de Isabel II Gestión recently awarded CADAGUA, S.A. the Services for Operating the Loeches composting thermal drying cogeneration plant and landfill, in Madrid. The installation is made up of the following treatment lines: 2 fluidized bed drying lines, with joint capacity to dry 105,000 T of sludge per year and total evaporation capacity for 10 T per hour Cogeneration with natural gas as primary energy. Installed electric power 19.9 MW, by means of 3 motors 6.6 MW each. Heat transport via thermal oil. 18 decomposition tunnels plus a 19,200 m2 roofed maturing bay for composting 50,000 T of sludge per year, with a compost production capacity of 14,900 T per year. Process wastewater treatment station with a capacity to treat 1,300 m3 per day. Biological treatment with anoxic-aerobic areas using fixed biomass over mobile bed and later dissolved air flotation technology. Landfill for non-hazardous waste with two dumping cells with an area of 7,000 m2 and 56,000 m3 joint capacity, inverse osmosis leachate treatment system and open-air drying bay for the waste deposited. A better final availability of sludge from water treatment is achieved as a result of the aforementioned processes, performing both economic and environmental purposes. The thermal drying process, making use of the heat from electric cogeneration, reduces the volume of the sludge from an initial dryness of around 21% to a final one reaching 90%, achieving a final product in the form of dry sludge granules, reusable in agriculture or as fuel in certain industrial processes. Apart from the thermal energy, the cogeneration produce up to 158,400 MWh per year of electricity for self-supply and its sale to the general grid. The composting process manages to transform organic matter into a product reusable in agriculture and gardening due to its nitrogen and traces of mineral contents. Cadagua also operates the other two thermal drying units of the Community of Madrid in “Sur” and “Butarque” plants, using rotating drum indirect convection drying technology. The capacity of Sur reaches 290,000 T of fresh sludge treatment per year and 27 T per hour through evaporation, with 24.8 MW electric power cogeneration by means of a natural gas turbine. In the case of Butarque, the fresh sludge treatment capacity is for 110,900 T per year and 10.32 T per hour through evaporation, with cogeneration using 3 natural gas motors with a joint electric power of 18 MW. Terrassa WWTP Awardhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/terrassa-wwtp-award The Terrassa WWTP Operating Service will commence on 01/04/2016 and was awarded for 4 years, for an amount of 8 million Euros. It has a design flow of 75,000 m3/day, for a population of 400,000 inhabitants. Terrassa WWTP Treatment: Pre-treatment: Large Particle Screen, Fine Particle Screen, Sifting, Desander, Deoiler. Primary Treatment: Physical/Chemical, Decanting Secondary Treatment: Activated Sludge, Nitrogen Removal, MBR, Phosphorous Removal, Hybrid Suspended and Fixed Growth Treatment with IFAS Support Sludge Line: Gravity Thickener, Flotation Thickener, Anaerobic Digestion and Centrifuges The important technological component of this plant should be highlighted, having two of the most modern systems in the world of water treatment, these being the MBR (Membrane Bioreactor) and the treatment via IFAS (Integrated Fixed Activated Sludge). Cadagua already has references regarding both these systems, but the operating of the Terrassa WWTP constitutes a notable reference at a national level as it combines both systems. Cadagua continues carrying out different water treatment projects for the ACA. This award is added to the management of the Vilaseca-Salou WWTP, the Vallbona de Anoia Water Treatment Group and the Alta Ribagorça Water Treatment Group. Therefore, the trust placed in Cadagua by the most important client in Catalonia increases with operating the most important directly managed plant it has. Contract awarded for the construction and commisioning of the Aulesti WWTP (Bizkaia)http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/contract-awarded-for-the-construction-and-commisioning-of-the-aulesti-wwtp-bizkaia It was essential for this town to have its own treatment plant as it lacks an adequate wastewater treatment plant at present. The truth is that currently this wastewater is, at best, discharged at different points, with inadequate or no treatment at all along the course of River Lea, or accumulated in several septic tanks generating great inconvenience to the population. The compliance of this discharge with the regulatory requirements is guaranteed with the execution of this infrastructure. This first stage of the project will provide treatment capacity for 1.51 litres per second. This will increase to 2.92 litres per second once its future extension, which considers the inclusion of the water from neighbouring districts, is completed. Apart from the construction of the treatment plant, the project considers the renewal of the drainage network in Aulesti and the pumping of the wastewater collected to the treatment plant, to be located to the north of the town centre. The special protection area associated with the Lea river has been taken into account when drafting the project, using construction procedures that are compatible with this status. Cadagua is still carrying out several water treatment and supply projects for the Bilbao Bizkaia Water Consortium. Among the latest are the recently concluded refurbishment works on the Venta Alta water treatment plant. This increases the confidence in Cadagua of one of its most important clients in the area.  Cadagua will treat the wastewater generated by Papelera Sarriahttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-will-treat-the-wastewater-generated-by-papelera-sarria The treatment line under execution has the capacity to treat 2,850 m3/day, with 6,924 ppm COD, being formed by initial screening, homogenisation, primary decanting, acidification, Biopaq IC anaerobic reactor, aerobic biological treatment, secondary and tertiary treatment using sand filtering. The sludge line will be made up by joint primary and secondary thickening, and final dehydration centrifuge. Furthermore, the biogas will be cleaned with the Thiopaq biological system for this to be used in the factory boilers (1.6 MW primary energy available). Wastewater from the factory will be discharged into River Ter, in accordance with very stringent discharge limits (COD). Among the reasons given by Hinojosa for awarding this project to Cadagua, the persons responsible at Hinojosa point out its successful track record in the paper sector, having references in Saica, Europac, Smurfit-Kappa, Kimberly-Clark, Papelera Alquería, Uipsa, Celesa, etc. At present, Cadagua has contracts to operate and maintain six industrial installations (Coca-Cola, Heineken, General Motors or the Damm group), in the past three years having successfully executed and commissioned the new anaerobic reactors in Heineken Madrid, García Carrión Daimiel, García Carrión Huelva, Mahou-San Miguel Alovera or SAICA El Burgo de Ebro, with a capacity to treat over 140,000 Kg/day COD generating more than 16 MW primary energy in the form reusable Biogas. Cadagua is once again a prize-winner at the Ferrovial Innovate Awards http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-is-once-again-a-prize-winner-at-the-ferrovial-innovate-awards- The INNOVATE Awards 2015 gala, acknowledging the best actions and awarding the prizes, was held last 17th December, in this edition an event bringing together over 100 professionals of the Company and with proposals arriving from the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States, France, Oman, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Chile and India. This new edition of the awards received 161 innovative practices, with CADAGUA receiving the prize for the ferroaqua project developed between different departments (Engineering, Contracting, Production and Quality, The Environment and R&D&I). Ferroaqua – Wastewater Treatment Plant Information Analysis System. The development of a TIC solution for wastewater treatment plants.- The aim of this platform is to centralise the information from the different wastewater treatment plants; to group data coming from different sources. This allows for improvements in efficiency, quality, cost savings, market differentiation and to be environmentally friendly. The innovation provided by ferroaqua basically lies in the consolidation of data (both manual and automatic signals) in a single system and in the development of a made-to-measure software application to enter manual data into a commercial system not designed for this and non-existent in the market. This application also allows for generating client contractual reports, making them available via the Control Panel. The ferroaqua platform is currently working in three wastewater treatment plants: the Valdelentisco Desalination Plant, the San Pedro del Pinatar WWTP and the San Javier WWTP, the first being owned by acuaMed and the other two by ESAMUR. The prize award was attended by Manuel Polo (O&M Manager), Ángel de las Heras (Contracting and O&M Technician) and Francisco del Molino (Quality, The Environment and R&D&I Manager) on behalf of Cadagua. Cadagua, Ferrovial AGroman and Webber participate in the 4th IDA Congress held in San Diego (USA)http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-ferrovial-agroman-and-webber-participate-in-the-4th-ida-congress-held-in-san-diego-usa This international forum discussed innovations and technologies regarding desalination and the reuse of water. It was attended by 115 exhibitors and around 1,700 professionals from 63 different countries, specialized in water treatment. During the five days of the Congress, a number of technical sessions, conferences, round tables, workshops and interactive sessions were held, making it become an outstanding meeting point for the most relevant figures of the international desalination sector. During the congress and parallel exhibition, issues regarding the environmental and energetic impact associated to desalination and reuse, were discussed.  The slogan "Renewable water resources to meet global needs" underlined the important role of both desalination and reuse to face future challenges regarding water. This initiative demonstrates the interest to grow in an expanding market such as the USA, which has outstanding business opportunities in new infrastructures, that enable the reuse of waste water, desalination and the renovation of existing treatment plants. Tenth anniversary of the Cadagua branch in Polandhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/tenth-anniversary-of-the-cadagua-branch-in-poland The contracts awarded include the Urban Waste Water Plants, advanced treatment of sludge and Drinking Water Plants. The first contract signed consisted of the design and construction of the new Drinking Water Plant of Jelenia Góra. There have been two projects in drinking water; the above mentioned Water Plant of Jelenia Góra, with a production capacity of 25,000 m3 of water per day, which included sand and anthracite filtering, active carbon filtration and treatment with ozone. The second was the Centralny Water Plant with a production of 300,000 m3/day located in the capital. This installation supplies half the population, where the plant is being restructured and modernized, including filtering, decantation, pumping and chemical installations and piping. The Wroclaw Plant is one of the most important Urban Waste Water Plants, with a capacity to treat up to 140,000 me/day, including a tertiary treatment with filter presses, cogeneration and thermal drying of sludge, apart from conventional treatments. Other significant projects include the Tomaszów Mazowiecki and Jelenia Góra Waste Water Plants with treatment capacities of 24,000 m3/d and 25.000 m3/d respectively. Following European environmental regulations, CADAGUA has constructed 5 thermal drying plants with a total installed treatment capacity of 228,935 tons a year of wet sludge, and installations in the cities of Poznań, Olsztyn, Siedlce, Wrocław and Tomaszów Mazowiecki have become a benchmark in this specialty. This challenge would not have been possible without the collaboration of our strategic partner Budimex, a leader in the construction industry in Poland. The Al-Ghubrah Desalination Plant starts supplying water to the Public Supply Network in Omanhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/the-al-ghubrah-desalination-plant-starts-supplying-water-to-the-public-supply-network-in-oman The installations are currently in the start-up phase of one of the eight reverse osmosis frames that form the plant. This is an important milestone within the commissioning process in which the Project is currently involved. The project, which consists of the design and construction of the Al-Ghubrah Desalination Plant (EPC Contract), was awarded to the consortium led by Cadagua at the end of 2012, with a budget of 215 million dollars. Once the plant is fully operational, it will be able to produce 191,000 m3 of water per day, the amount required to cover the needs of 700,000 inhabitants of the Sultanate of Oman. Cadagua has developed a range of projects in the region of the Persian Gulf, including the Medina Yanbu desalination plant of Saudi Arabia; the waste water plant of Darsait, in Oman; and the Al Zawrah desalination plant, in Ajman, in the United Arab Emirates. In total, Cadagua has designed and constructed over 235 water treatment plants, with a capacity to supply over 21 million people. Ferrovial partners on the ADAPTA projecthttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-partners-on-the-adapta-project Ferrovial began its involvement in the ADAPTA project in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, seeking to encourage the business world to adapt to climate change. The project, which involves the Ferrovial Quality and Environment Division and Cadagua, a subsidiary of Ferrovial Agroman, aims to extend the National Climate Change Adaption Plan to the private sector, establishing adaptation as an integral part of strategic business planning. When unveiling the project, the Managing Director of the Spanish Climate Change Office (OECC in its Spanish acronym), Susana Magro, argued that combatting climate change, by introducing a low-carbon model resilient to the impacts of global warming, will also create fresh opportunities for development, innovation and business. The initiative will help raise awareness among the private sector that adapting to climate change is essential, as well as providing companies with the tools they need to help them adapt. The ADAPTA project covers five key sectors of the Spanish economy, working to develop a standard approach to climate change vulnerability analysis, which will subsequently be harnessed by a number of pilot organisations to share know-how and lessons learned. The country's five most pioneering companies in terms of adapting to climate change are involved in the project, representing five critical sectors: Ferrovial (construction); Renfe (transport); Bodegas Torres (afro-food industry); Meliá (tourism) and Endesa (energy).  The Alicante IDAM  As part of the project, Ferrovial conducted a case study examining the adaptation of a desalination plant, specifically the Alicante desalination facility built by Ferrovial Agroman, Cadagua, Necso and Infilco, and managed by Cadagua and Acciona Agua. Francisco del Molino, Head of Quality, Environment and R+D+i at Cadagua, detailed the initial approach to vulnerability, operating conditions and climate change adaption measures and costs, providing a series of results on the main risks (rising temperatures and extreme meteorological events).  The facility's vulnerability to climate change was assessed based on its capacity to adapt to potential climate shocks. The plant was found to have a strong ability to adapt to climate change. Water produced at the desalination plant is used for human consumption in Elche, Santa Pola, San Vicente del Raspeig and Alicante  CADAGUA completes the works in the HEINEKEN factory of MADRIDhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-completes-the-works-in-the-heineken-factory-of-madrid The project consisted on the design, construction and start-up of a new anaerobic reactor that will treat the wastewater of the factory, replacing the existing installation. This new reactor significantly improves the performance of the previous treatment, reducing operation costs considerably. HEINEKEN ESPAÑA, S.A. is a regular customer of CADAGUA, for which it has implemented several projects in recent years in the factories of Valencia, Seville, Arano (Navarra) and Madrid. CADAGUA also has a current operation contract on the sewage plant of the Heineken factory of Quart de Poblet (Valencia). Through the alliance CADAGUA has with the Dutch company PAQUES BV, It implements a variety of projects to treat highly polluted industrial water in sectors as paper, beer, food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Within the food sector, it has performed projects for well-known companies such as MAHOU-SAN MIGUEL, HEINEKEN, DAMM, ESTRELLA LEVANTE , ESTRELLA GALICIA,  GARCIA CARRIÓN, COBEGA COCA COLA, FONT SALEM, PANIBERICA and NUFRI, while in the paper sector, customers include SAICA, SMURFIT, UIPSA, EUROPAC, PAPELERA ALQUERÍA, CELESA and KIMBERLY CLARK. Change of Ownership of the Valdelentisco Desalination Plant in the EMAS Registerhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/change-of-ownership-of-the-valdelentisco-desalination-plant-in-the-emas-register On 20th April 2015, the Agriculture and Water Department of the Region of Murcia performed the change of ownership in the EMAS registration of the Valdelentisco IDAM (Seawater Desalination Installations) from “UTE DESALADORA CAMPO DE CARTAGENA – DESALINIZADORA DE VALDELENTISCO” to “CADAGUA, S.A. – DESALINIZADORA DE VALDELENTISCO”. These installations were registered in this register on 13th June 2012. The EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) Register is a voluntary tool designed by the European Commission for registration and public acknowledgement of companies and organisations which have implemented an environmental management system allowing them to assess, manage and improve their environmental impact, in this way ensuring their excellent behaviour in this area. This registration implies the IDAM has an Environmental Management System certified in accordance with the EMAS Regulations. As these regulations are more stringent that those of UNE-EN ISO 14001, they involve one more step by the organisation regarding environmental care. Cadagua at the Postgraduate Study Centerhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-at-the-postgraduate-study-center Cadagua has taken part in the International Master Degree in Operations and Maintenance of Water Treatment Plants of the International Postgraduate Center of the International Excellence Campus of Universidad de Oviedo. It has given module seven on R&D&I Project Management, addressed to future directors of water treatment plants, graduated in Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, Public Works, Mining, Biotechnology, Electronics and Automation, Mechanics, Industrial Chemistry and Mining Technologies. Francisco del Molino, Director of Quality, Environment and R&D&I; Manuel Polo, General Manager of Operations and Maintenance of Levante; and Carlos Rubio, Manager of the Torrepacheco Wastewater Plant, were assigned in this module to approach theoretical and practical aspects of innovation activities performed. Cadagua therefore contributed its experience of some of the treatment plants it manages. “Innovation means competitiveness, and it is the key to improvement of our business. It is therefore very important for Cadagua to participate in this type of training action and to portray that innovation is being carried out day by day, contributing to improving a process", remarked del Molino. The subjects included in the module in which Cadagua took part were both theoretical and practical. On the theoretical side, a run through the company was done, together with general concepts of R&D&I, UNE 166.000 standards, tax incentives for R&D&I. The practical part included the strategic lines in R&D&I of the company, projects carried out and underway by the R&D&I Department of Cadagua, and practical cases performed in the water treatment plants managed by Cadagua such as: Ammonium/Nitrate Probe Control (Fuente Álamo Wastewater Plant) MBR modification (Urbanización Mar Menor Wastewater Plant and San Pedro del Pinatar Wastewater Plant) Advanced Control System of Nutrient Elimination (Albufera Sur Wastewater Plant) System developed to clean cartridge filters in Reverse Osmosis plants (Alicante Sea Water Desalination Plant) Increase of biogas through co-digestion processes of subproducts (Albufera Sur Wastewater Plant and Paterna Wastewater Plant) With 612 employees and a turnover in 2013 of 128 million euros, Cadagua is a benchmark in the development of water treatment and desalination. It has designed and constructed over 235 water treatment plants (drinking, waste and desalination water), reaching a total treatment capacity of over 15,000,000 m³/d. According to the Maintenance and Operation service, the number of equivalent inhabitants served is over 21,000,000. It has recently been awarded its first contract in United States. Together with Webber, the project consists of restructuring a wastewater treatment plant in Texas for 13.5 million dollars (over 12 million euros). The International Postgraduate Center is the backbone of postgraduate training of Universidad de Oviedo. At the same time, it is an International Campus of Excellence and coordinator of university master degrees, doctorate programs, degrees and ongoing training. This center integrates the Doctorate School of the Asturias academic institution.   Cadagua awarded its first contract in the UShttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-awarded-its-first-contract-in-the-us Cadagua, Ferrovial's water treatment subsidiary, is to upgrade a waste water treatment plant in Trophy Club, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area in Texas, for 13.5 million dollars. The project includes installing a new pre-treatment system based on prefilter screens, rotary screens and flat membranes. The execution period is 18 months, during which time the plant will remain operational and maintain discharge quality. This contract provides Cadagua with a foothold in the US, a strategic market where the water industry has considerable scope for growth, in both treatment and desalination. The company has designed and built more than 235 water treatment plants with the capacity to supply more than 21 million people. About Ferrovial Ferrovial is one of the world's leading infrastructure operators and municipal services companies, committed to developing sustainable solutions. The company has 69,000 employees and a presence in over 25 countries. Its main business areas are: Services, Toll Roads, Construction and Airports. It is a member of Spain's blue-chip IBEX 35 index and is also included in prestigious sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good. More than 40 Spanish companies and over 80 Omani companies attending the Oman-Spain Investment and Business Cooperation Forumhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/more-than-40-spanish-companies-and-over-80-omani-companies-attending-the-oman-spain-investment-and-business-cooperation-forum ICEX Spain Trade and Investment and the Economic and Trade Office of the Embassy of Spain in Muscat, under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Sultanate of Oman, are organizing the Oman-Spain Investment and Business Cooperation Forum. The event is held in the Sultanate’s capital on the 29th and 30th of April 2015. The Forum has been inaugurated by the Secretary of State for Trade of Spain and President of ICEX Spain Trade and Investment, Jaime García-Legaz, and the Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Sultanate of Oman, His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy. The Ambassador of Spain to the Sultanate of Oman, Juan José Urtasun, welcomed the participants to the Forum. 41 Spanish companies and more than 80 Omani companies are going to be participating in more than 200 B2B meetings. This Forum is another big step in the still short way started in 2010 with the Oman-Spain Business Meeting, also organized by ICEX Spain Trade and Investment and the Spanish Economic and Trade Office of the Embassy of Spain. The main goal of it is to provide Omani businessmen with new opportunities to work with and to partner Spanish companies deeply interested in this market, through one-to-one meetings. This initiative comes also as a response to the interest of the Omani Government in developing key sectors in search of economic diversification, which entails important investments in transport infrastructure, oil & gas and utilities development. Consequently, participating companies are going to be provided with customized agendas of meetings elaborated in accordance to their interests. Seminars and conferences on key sectors and projects are going to be also held, and new Spanish companies in the Sultanate are going to have the opportunity to interact with both, Spanish firms already working in Oman as well as Omani experts and businessmen. The Secretary of State for Trade of Spain, Jaime García-Legaz, has expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome by the authorities of Oman and his deepest appreciation to His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Mansoud Al Sunaidy for his auspices to this First Oman Spain Investment and Business Cooperation Forum and for his continuous support to secure strong and fruitful relations between Oman and Spain. Mr. Jaime García-Legaz said that Spanish companies are leading most important international projects such as the High Speed Train Mecca-Medina or Heathrow airport T2A terminal or the longest tunnel in the world (San Gotardo in Switzerland). Because of this experience in singular and highly complex projects, a highly specialized industry has arisen which has provided solutions to important challenges such us the complex Spanish orography, somehow similar to the Omani one; and which has broad turnkey service portfolio and developed capacity to create joint ventures in public-private collaborations. Spain has recognized Oman as a priority market. In this respect, from 2008 it has released a “Comprehensive Plan for Market Development” to enhance economic and commercial relationships between both countries through the establishment of an Economic and Trade Office, the development of promotion activities and the improvement of institutional relationships. Last year was excellent to this end, since an Agreement to avoid double taxation and three MoUs related to infrastructures, defense and tourism were signed during the Official Visit of HM King Juan Carlos I. The Secretary of State for Trade of Spain said “we come here today with the best representation of the top quality experience Spain has gained during the last three decades as our response to the same challenges Oman is facing nowadays: the need to interconnect a whole country and at the same time facilitate comparative advantages through transport infrastructure investment and the need to develop a network of qualified and competitive companies capable to provide response to the new challenges the diversification and industrialization strategy of the Government demands”. The 41 Spanish companies participating in the Forum are good representatives of architecture, construction, energy, infrastructures of transport, engineering and consulting, oil & gas, technological systems, water treatment and waste sectors in Spain. But also companies dealing with foreign trade, financial sector and tourist services will be in the Forum. The Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Sultanate of Oman, His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, has acknowledged “the exceptional value of this exceptional attendance of Omani and Spanish companies” and has encouraged to continue with the very cordial relations between Oman and Spain, which are guaranteed by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and His Majesty King Felipe VI. Oman-Spain Investment and Business Cooperation Forum is sponsored by Indra and COFIDES. Perspective of bilateral trade Without a doubt, the last decade has witnessed a steady growth and consolidation of trade relationships between Oman and Spain which is predicted to persist during the upcoming years. In terms of imports, Spain has been the main European client for Omani hydrocarbons and, in recent years, also of semi-produced petrochemical products. Therefore, Spanish energy demand and the development of the petrochemical industry in Oman are two determinants of the evolution of the Spanish imports of Omani products. The increase in the population and its purchasing power as well as the development of the economic sectors of Oman may well predict a further increase in the Omani imports of goods and services from Spain in the coming years. In fact in the last 10 years the Spanish exports have multiplied by 8,6 times and in particular the capital goods (which have multiplied by more than 12,5 times) are expected to remain the most dynamic after the awarding of various projects and tenders to several Spanish companies in recent years. Nevertheless, a continuous increase in the exports of semi-manufactured products is also observed. The Spanish exports of foodstuff have quadrupled and it is expected that with the development and modernization of the retail sector the manufactured products will also increase in the future. The Spanish companies are already participating, and hopefully a growing participation is expected, in the emblematic projects of infrastructure, energy, water, transportation and construction contemplated in the Five-Year Development Plan of 2011 – 2015 as well as in the upcoming ninth Five-Year Development Plan. In fact, when the Economic and Trade Office was established in 2008, hardly 2 Spanish companies were working in Oman, meanwhile nowadays already more than 25 are participating in projects of transport infrastructure, desalination, water treatment, IT, tourism, energy, oil & gas, defense, engineering, foodstuff, etc. Spain is currently collaborating intensely with the Omani governmental institutions and sharing the know-how in the areas of transport infrastructure, utilities such as desalination, renewable energies (in which Spain is a world leader in both solar and wind energy) or waste management and tourism. All of them are sectors where Spain can offer huge services of high quality based on its wide experience. At the same time, Spain is collaborating with the Omani authorities to promote the Spanish investment in other sectors that might include fishery, construction materials or food processing.  Cadagua extends the scope of its authorisation for non-hazardous waste managementhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-extends-the-scope-of-its-authorisation-for-non-hazardous-waste-management After this extension, CADAGUA is authorised to carry out the following waste management activities: anaerobic digestion, composting, sieving, thickening, stabilising, dehydrating and thermal drying. Cadagua will continue treating the wastewater of A Coruñahttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-will-continue-treating-the-wastewater-of-a-coruna The installations included in this Service cover, apart from the Bens WWTP (Edar de Bens) and its underwater discharge outlet, those existing in the municipalities of Arteixo and Oleiros, with the award leaving a door open for the inclusion of other municipalities forming part of company EDAR BENS S.A. The Bens WWTP was built by the Cadagua-Ferrovial Agromán Joint Venture, coming into operation in June 2010. Cadagua has performed the operating and maintenance of the installation since that date. The main characteristics of the Bens WWTP include the following parameters: With this new  award, Cadagua consolidates its position as one of the main companies in the national wastewater treatment plant operating market, managing around 180 WWTPs, treating flow rates of nearly 800,000 m3/day, while providing its services to the equivalent of 2.8 Million Inhabitants. Capacity 130,000 m3/day, providing its services to the equivalent of over 400,000 inhabitants. Treatment based on an activated sludge process. Pretreatment, raw water pumping, primary decanting, biological Nitrogen removal, aerobic digestion and thermal drying of sludge. With this new award, Cadagua consolidates its position as one of the main companies in the national wastewater treatment plant operating market, managing around 180 WWTPs, treating flow rates of nearly 800,000 m3/day, while providing its services to the equivalent of 2.8 Million Inhabitants. Gran Bilbao Supply - Venta Alta DWTPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/gran-bilbao-supply-venta-alta-dwtp At present, the execution of the works are very advanced, it being expected to fully come into service by next July. A reduction in the contractual execution period, established to last 24 months, will be attained in this way. This is possible thanks to a detailed action plan, also enabling the plant to operate simultaneously while causing minimum effects on the service. The Venta Alta DWTP, the main drinking water installation in Bizkaia, treats the water supplied by the reservoirs of the Zadorra system, this storing 90% of the water the Consorcio supplies to the municipalities making it up (one million inhabitants). It has treatment capacity for 7 m3/s. The first stage, with a maximum capacity of 3 m3/s, was put into service in 1968 and is currently undergoing integral remodelling by Cadagua. Cadagua was contracted in 1980 to perform the design and construction of the 2nd Stage with a maximum capacity of 4 m3/s. Therefore, the contribution of Cadagua becomes clear regarding water supply to the Bilbao metropolis. Cadagua has designed and built more than 235 water treatment plants (drinking water, wastewater and desalination), achieving a total treatment capacity exceeding 15,000.000 m³/d. The Maintenance and Operating service serves an equivalent of over 21,000,000 inhabitants. These figures position Cadagua as the leader of the Spanish companies in this sector. Cadagua Prizewinner at the Ferrovial Agroman Innovate Awardshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-prizewinner-at-the-ferrovial-agroman-innovate-awards The acknowledgement and handing out of the prizes to the best 10 actions was held last 17th December for the 2014 INNOVATE  Awards, an event which brought together over 100 professionals of the Company in this edition, with proposals coming from Spain, North America, South America, Australia, Poland and the United Kingdom. This new edition of the awards received 113 innovative internal practices and prized 59 from which the best 10 were selected, including CADAGUA with the following projects it has developed in its centres. Design and construction of a plant for preparation of starch at the Hogenakkal ETAP in India.- This enables the self-sustainable on-site generation of modified starch by means of caustic soda and commercial starch, since the location of the plant does not guarantee a sustainable supply of modified starch. The supply of drinking water is ensured in this way, as the turbidity is much greater than that envisaged in the design. Increase of biogas and production of electricity through high-charge subproduct digestion.- The anaerobic digester is fed with sludge with molasses coming from sweet factories thus increasing the biogas production considerably, guaranteeing the sludge is at mesophilic temperatures and improving the digestion performance. The excess biogas allows for the installation of microturbines which generate electricity. Present at the ceremony was Alejandro de la Joya, CEO of Ferrovial Agroman, together with all the members of the Management Committee of the Company, thanking the participants for their concern regarding improving internal processes and products, highlighting innovation as “one of the pillars which makes our company more efficient and competitive”. Inauguration of the Gorzów Wielkopolski wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Polandhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/inauguration-of-the-gorzow-wielkopolski-wastewater-treatment-plant-wwtp-in-poland The project ruled by the standard contracts for projects financed by the EU, FIDIC NET, consisted in remodelling and enlarging the existing plant to reach a treatment capacity for an average flow of 24,500 cubic metres, equivalent to 239,800 inhabitants. The modernisation works took 19 months and their budget rose to almost 6 million Euros. The works consisted in demolishing 4 digesters in existence and the construction of two new ones, each with a capacity for 3,400 m3, the sludge thickening building remodelling including building the new sanitisation and centrifuging treatment for its thickening, the construction of new deposits to store the dry and sanitised sludge, together with the renewal of the power cogeneration and biogas management installations. The design of the WWTPs guarantees the compliance with the strictest treated water quality levels, and the installation focusses on its integration in its environment. The water and sludge treatment process has been automated, improving considerably the technical level of the plant which was in a very bad state before its modernisation. The quality of life of the inhabitants of this city has improved enormously thanks to substituting open for closed type digesters. The Consolidation of Cadagua in Poland Cadagua has been present in Poland for over nine years, with this contract being the ninth to be completed from among the eleven awarded in the country to this company. The remaining ten have been the Janówek Wrocław WWTP, the Szczecinek WWTP, the sludge drying and incineration plant in the Łyna Olsztyn WWTP, the thermal drying of sludge in the COŚ Poznań WWTP, the DWTP in the municipality of Jelenia Góra, the remodelling of the Chorzów WWTP, the remodelling of the thermal drying station in the Siedlce WWTP, the remodelling of the Jelenia Góra WWTP, the Tomaszów Mazowiecki WWTP and the Centralny DWTP in Warsaw. References: Town Hall Website http://m.gorzow.gazeta.pl Inauguration of the Siedlce wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Polandhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/inauguration-of-the-siedlce-wastewater-treatment-plant-wwtp-in-poland Cadagua has built the installation required for sludge dehydration consisting in a band filter (with capacity for 20 m3/h and a dryness of 22% m.s.), together with its supplementary equipment, a drying building equipped with a thermal drying plant with 1,300 kg H2O evaporation capacity at 90% m.s., the cogeneration equipment (2 biogas motor-generators of 190 kW and 2 natural gas motor-generators of 250 kW), together with its supplementary equipment and the dehydrated and dry sludge storage and transport system. The thermal treatment converts moist sludge with 17-22% dryness obtained from the dehydration treatment of the purification plant in dry sludge with a 90% dryness. The time expected for the thermal sludge drying installation to operate will be 8,000 h/year, while the capacity for moist sludge treatment at 22% m.s. is 1,625 kg/hour (39 Tonnes/day). The heat contribution necessary for the drying plant is obtained from the heat produced by the four motor-generators working continuously, two of which are powered with natural gas and have a power of 250 kW, the remaining two being powered with biogas and having a power of 190 kW. The energy coming from cogeneration will fully cover the needs of the purification plant. The modernised WWTP will provide one of the highest-level installations in Europe to the municipal services while allowing for the sustainable development of the city for the next few years. Cadagua has been present in Poland for over nine years, with this contract being the eighth to be completed from among the eleven awarded in the country to this company. The remaining ten have been the Janówek Wrocław WWTP, the Szczecinek WWTP, the sludge drying and incineration plant in the Łyna Olsztyn WWTP, the thermal drying of sludge in the COŚ Poznań WWTP, the DWTP in the municipality of Jelenia Góra, the remodelling of the Chorzów WWTP, the remodelling of the Gorzów Wielkopolski WWTP, the remodelling of the Jelenia Góra WWTP, the Tomaszów Mazowiecki WWTP and the Centralny DWTP in Warsaw. Siedlce – Town Hall Website Ferrovial participated in the 4thLatin American Congress on Water Desalination and Reusehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-participated-in-the-4thlatin-american-congress-on-water-desalination-and-reuse During the congress, Ignacio Zúñiga Lagares, LATAM Business Development Manager of Cadagua, presented at a talk entitled "Management of operation and optimisation of desalinationplants: Experiences in Ceuta and Melilla plants", the tasks regarding the design and construction tasks carried out in these two infrastructures located in arid settlements, together with their management and optimisation. Zúñiga also explained the process to be followed when taking water from the sea and its later treatment, apart from a few of the innovations implemented in both plants. Bruno Frazzoni attended representing Ferrovial Agroman Chile, as Development Manager in that country. From left to right: Bruno Frazzoni, Development Manager of Ferrovial Agroman Chile, Ignacio Zúñiga, LATAM Business Development Manager of Cadagua,and Alberto González, European and NewMarket Development Director of Cintra. Alberto González Lalueza, European and NewMarket Development Director, also attended on behalf of Cintra. The presence of Cintra at the event has revealed the wide expertise and efficiency it has as public and private infrastructure concessionaire, which could be extrapolated to hydraulic infrastructures. The attendance of Ferrovial Agroman, Cadagua and Cintra to Desal 2014 has been crucial given that the greater part of the water desalination projects in the market have been awarded under the tender mode, the objective being to integrate the financing, construction, operating and maintenance of infrastructures in a single contract. Desal 2014 In its fourth edition, this congress organised by the Latin American Water Desalination and Reuse Association (ALADYR) and the company Gecamin, apart from undertaking the design, construction, operating and maintenance of desalination plants, has tackled the treatmentof effluents using membrane technology; the environmental aspects of desalination and sea works regarding this kind of infrastructure. The DWTP of Hogenakkal in India supplies drinking water to approximately 3 million peoplehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/the-dwtp-of-hogenakkal-in-india-supplies-drinking-water-to-approximately-3-million-people The water treatment plant (DWTP) of Hogenakkal, located in southern India, was inaugurated in July 2013, a project designed and built by Cadagua where, at present, the company deals with the operating and maintenance of the installations for a period of 5 years. This project is the first contract Ferrovial carries out in India, one of the world markets with largest water treatment potential due to its high population of over 1,100 million people. The contract was awarded by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board to Cadagua as a Joint Venture with IVRCL.  The new DWTP has meant an economic and social change for the population in the area. With a capacity for 155,820 cubic metres per day, the plant allows for the supply of drinking water to around 3 million people living in the districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, in the state of Tamil Nadu. These areas are highly affected by drought and fluorosis, an illness affecting the structure of bones by weakening them. The new installations are currently supplying water which is appropriate for human consumption by having lower fluorine concentrations. All this has also meant an economic improvement in a highly tourist area, renowned for its spectacular waterfalls and the wealth of flora and fauna.   The population used local resources to obtain water up until this plant was built. These resources mainly include wells in the area which, after underground water analyses, proved to contain high fluorine concentrations – between 1.5 and 12.4 mg/l – above the limits agreed by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organization (CPHEEO) whose maximum limit is 1.5 mg/l.  The consequences of high consumption of water with high fluorine concentrations has caused serious skeletal and dental illnesses which affect the great majority of the population. A plant with a distribution network of over 9,900 kilometres This project captures the initial water from river Cauvery, one of the 7 rivers considered to be sacred by Hindus and whose fluid is characterised by having a low fluoride content. Once the water has been captured and after an initial screening process, the water is forced along a pipe for its treatment in the DWTP located 6.25 km away. After its treatment, the water is sent to an intermediate pumping station (BPS) installed 1.5 km from the plant and, from there, it is transferred to a tank (MBR) with capacity for 24,000 m3, located some 11 km from Hogenakkal. Two main exit pipes from the tank enable the supply to the Districts. The distribution network totals around 9,970 kilometres via underground distribution to supply water to entire areas in the Districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri. Cadagua has been in charge of building all the elements necessary to develop this drinking water network, from the work to be able to capture raw water from river Cauvery and build the pumping station, to the pipes conveying and making the water reach the population in this area. CADAGUA participates in the program on Municipal Management of Water and Human Development of the ONGAWAhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-participates-in-the-program-on-municipal-management-of-water-and-human-development-of-the-ongawa ONGAWA is a cooperation NGO for development, which is committed to focusing on the universal access to basic services; it also advocates to eradicate poverty and to form a fairer and more caring world, putting Technology at the service of Human Development. Under these principles, the collaboration of CADAGUA has focused on its experience in developing the Ferroagua project, an ICT solution (Information and Communication Technology) for water treatment plants. Francisco del Molino, Director of Quality, Environment and R&D and Innovation of CADAGUA, participated on behalf of the company: "This ICT solution provides functionality in collecting data from water treatment plants in a central system, which backs an operational center for the integral management of the services provided to our clients. Both automatic and manual data are collected in real time, and the integration of manual data is the outstanding innovation of thisproject". The program developed by the ONGAWA has the backing of the Spanish International Cooperation Agency for Development (AECID) and organizes its actions around a multi collaboration with the participation of companies, administrations and international bodies. Apart from CADAGUA, Eptisa also participated, on collecting and managing information on water systems; Inclam, with professionals who gave sessions on the governance and management of water basins and innovation in water management; Prointec, which explained technical solutions for water supply and rural sanitation applied in Panama, Bolivia and Algeria; the Research Group on Water and Sanitation Systems for Development of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, which conducted a workshop on water quality and low-cost treatment systems; and Canal Isabel II, with a talk on water resources management in Madrid, and a session on Companies and Human Rights in the Water and Sanitation sector. From the experience of the NGO, work was also done on the possibilities of applying ICT to water management, including in this section the project Ferroaqua, particularly regarding the section on quality control of water. Ferrovial awarded two water infrastructure maintenance contracts totalling 100 million poundshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-awarded-two-water-infrastructure-maintenance-contracts-totalling-100-million-pounds Amey, a Ferrovial Services subsidiary, has landed the contract to install, repair and maintain water meters for UK company Severn Trent Water for a three-year period, with an option to extend for another three years. Amey will also undertake the design and execution of developer services across Severn Trent Water’s entire network. The contracts are worth a combined 100 million pounds (123 million euro). Amey, a subsidiary of Ferrovial Services, has been awarded two contracts by UK company Severn Trent Water, worth 100 million pounds in total (close to 123 million euro).  Under the first contract, which is for three years with a possible three-year extension, Amey will install, repair and maintain the company’s water meter network. Amey has also been appointed as the design and build partner to provide developer services, including new connections and meters and the design and construction of new water mains. These contracts enable Amey to strengthen its relationship with Severn Trent. Previously, Amey was awarded a 190 million pound (227 million euro) contract to maintain and refurbish the company’s drinking water mains in the English Midlands and in Mid-Wales. In recent months, Amey has strengthened its presence in the UK services sector through contracts with Scottish Water, United Utilities, Welsh Water and Northern Gas. Cadagua and Budimex to remodel a water treatment plant in Warsawhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-and-budimex-to-remodel-a-water-treatment-plant-in-warsaw The Warszawa Central water treatment plant is the oldest of three drinking water treatment plants in Warsaw, built between 1883-1886. It is registered in the list of national monuments, and in 2012, it was awarded by the President of Poland the title of “Historic Monument”, one of the most important ways to protect monuments in Poland with a special historic, scientific and artistic value. The most modern solutions of the time were applied in its construction, paying particular importance to details: The best quality materials, such as watertight bricks and white tiles, and also granite and sandstone. It was extended in the following years, and today the water treatment plant covers a surface area of over 30 hectares located very near the center of Warsaw. It is located in an exceptional complex of industrial architecture dating back to the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. As a result of the partially underground construction of the plant, a large part is covered by green areas, hence becoming the “lungs” of the city. The project to be carried out by Cadagua and Budimex is of high strategic value for the city, as it supplies 1.5 million inhabitants in the east part and is the second largest installation of the city, with a capacity of 300.000 m3/day. It is governed by one of the ‘standard contracts’ for projects governed by the EU, the YELLOW FIDIC. This means that Cadagua will carry out the design and work required by the municipality of Warsaw, including the modernization of the part constructed in the sixties of the 20th century. This will consist mainly of replacing equipment and extending the plant, affecting the pumping station, exterior chambers and the filters and clarifiers, coagulation and lime buildings. Ignacio Miláns del Bosch, Country Manager of Cadagua in Poland commented that “this project is undoubtedly a challenge owing to its special feature of being in the center of Warsaw, with a high-profile customer who will demand the most from the Contractor. It would be practically impossible without Budimex, our strategic partner in the country”. 2 million hours worked without accidents in the Desalination Plant of Al Ghubrahhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/2-million-hours-worked-without-accidents-in-the-desalination-plant-of-al-ghubrah Cadagua has reached 2 million hours worked without reporting any accidents (LTI - Lost Time Injury) at the seawater desalination plant project of Al Ghubrah, in Oman. According to Emilio López Pacetti, head of staff of Cadagua and manager of the contract "there are factors in this Project which make this achievement even more outstanding. With more than 1,300 workers from various countries and disciplines, extremely reduced space, double shift and 7 working days a week, these conditions make it obligatory to be extra vigilant and increase measures to guarantee safety. We congratulate our staff and feel proud of our Company. But by no means is this sufficient. We shall continue working in order to make this Project totally free from accidents with LTI". This contract is being carried out by the Cadagua, Wabag and Galfar consortium. It consists of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a desalination plant with a capacity of 191,000 m3/day (42 MGD per day), to supply drinking water to Oman. David León, International Director of Safety and Health of Cadagua explained that "this zero figure comes within a context in which Cadagua has completed one year and more than 6.5 million hours worked without accidents with LTI in their international contracts. This shows the unquestionable commitment of the company to safety". The priority of Cadagua in its company policy is to prevent occupational risks and strictly apply preventive management in all its activities, in planning, organization and coordination, along with supervision through preventive safety observations, risk analysis and safety inspection reports. David León added that "the particular difficulty faced by Cadagua in implementing safety management in its international projects, lies in the geographic and legislative diversity, together with the multiculturalism of staff. The goal of ‘zero accidents’ can only be achieved with the collaboration of everyone". Ferrovial, Cadagua´s parent company, lands 340 million pound waste water infrastructure management contract in Scotlandhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-cadaguas-parent-company-lands-340-million-pound-waste-water-infrastructure-management-contract-in-scotland Ferrovial, through UK subsidiary Amey, in consortium with Black & Veatch, has been appointed preferred bidder by Scottish Water to deliver a range of waste water infrastructure management services until 2021. The contract is worth 340 million pounds (around 415 million euro). As part of a broader investment programme to be implemented by Scottish Water over the next seven years, Amey and Black & Veatch will manage, design and build sewer infrastructure to serve the company's more than five million customers across Scotland.  Amey and Black & Veatch have been working with Scottish Water for two decades, albeit separately until now, and this contract will further strengthen their relationship with the utility.  Spectacular arrival of filters on the coasts of Omanhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/spectacular-arrival-of-filters-on-the-coasts-of-oman These filters will be packed on site with gravel, sand and anthracite and they will be part of the pretreatment phase of the reverse osmosis desalination process of the installation, that incorporates the latest technologies: DAF (dissolved air flotation). The design, build, finance, own and operation (BOOT contract) of this IWP was awarded to a consortium of Sumitomo Corporation  from Japan, Malakoff International Limited from Malaysia and Cadagua in 2012 by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company.  The plant with a capacity of 191.000 m3/day (42 MGD per day) equivalent to supplying a population of 800,000 will provide drinking water to meet the country’s growing demand which currently amounts to about 827,000 m3 and is expected to increase at an average rate of 6% per year over a seven year horizon. Cadagua is the majority shareholder in a Consortium together with Wabag and Galfar for the engineering, procurement and construction of the plant and participates as well in a Consortium with Sumitomo Corporation and Malakoff International Ltd.  for the operation and maintenance of the installation for a period of 20 years. This project reinforces Cadagua's footprint in the Middle East and adds to the list of references that includes the Medina-Yanbu desalination plant in Saudi Arabia; the Darsait sewage treatment plant in Oman; and the Al Zawrah desalination plant in Ajman, UAE.  Opening of the drinking Water Treatment Plant for the regions of Ribera in Alzira, Valenciahttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/opening-of-the-drinking-water-treatment-plant-for-the-regions-of-ribera-in-alzira-valencia The President was accompanied on behalf of Ferrovial Agroman by Ángel Luis Sánchez, Director of Area I Construction; Agustín Manzanas, Director de Cadagua; Óscar Viñuela, Director of Valencia, Balearic Islands and Murcia; Jorge Sanz, Director of Murcia and Valencia O.C., Esteban Rodríguez, General Manager of Cadagua and José Enrique Rodríguez, Project Manager, along with others. On behalf of the Administration, the President was accompanied by the Vice-president of the Council, the Government Secretary, the Director and Deputy Director General of Water, the Head of the Construction Area and the Project Director. The new Plant will solve the historic problem of the area, similar to all the flat coastal areas of the Valencia Region, such as the ongoing degradation in the quality of groundwater, the result of over-fertilizing. To solve this problem, the Water Treatment Plant of La Ribera has been built in Alzira, which can treat a flow of 1 m3/s, submitting raw water to various physical-chemical type processes. The Plant receives the flow to be treated through an intake made in the Júcar-Túria Canal, which will be treated in the new installations in accordance with Royal Decree 140/200, to be then distributed to the towns through a network of water systems. The flow of treated water will largely cover the needs of the region, with a drastic decrease in the concentration of contaminants, owing to the combination with flows received from current supplies. Ferrovial wins the 2013 European Excellence Award for its Social Infrastructure Programmehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-wins-the-2013-european-excellence-award-for-its-social-infrastructure-programme Ferrovial, Cadagua’s parent company, has received the "2013 European Excellence Award" in the "Corporate Social Responsibility" category for its Social Infrastructure programme, which is an international development initiative. These awards are organised by the prestigious "Communication Director" magazine and honour European companies that have achieved standout accomplishments in a number of disciplines. Ferrovial was selected as the winner out of five finalists that included UNESCO and Coca-Cola Deutschland. The judges, made up of communication experts from all over Europe, where impressed by Ferrovial's Corporate Responsibility strategy based on it Social Infrastructure programme. For the last five years this initiative has worked to provide water and sanitary facilities to underserved communities in Africa and Latin America. Photo: Ferrovial volunteers opening a water supply system in Peru The programme has now benefitted more than 150,000 people via eight projects, which are chosen based on an annual company vote. The panel of judges applauded the fieldwork performed by Ferrovial employees, who travel to the site of each project to provide support and training, thus making for more efficient and sustainable infrastructure. So far 58 members of staff have worked on a number of projects in partnership with prestigious NGOs, such as Plan Internacional, Ayuda en Acción, Intermón Oxfam, ONGAWA, AMREF Flying Doctors, Action Against Hunger and Ecodes. Awards won by the social infrastructure programme This recent recognition follows other awards won by Ferrovial for its Social Infrastructure corporate responsibility programme. The company also won the 2013 Codespa Award for corporate volunteering as well as the 2013 Seres Innovation and Social Commitment Award. Ferrovial has been awarded a prize for EMMOS as the best Innovation project in the Smart Building categoryhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-has-been-awarded-a-prize-for-emmos-as-the-best-innovation-project-in-the-smart-building-category Ferrovial, Cadagua’s parent company, has been awarded a prize at the EnerTIC Awards ceremony in the best Innovation project in Smart Building category for its project EMMOS (Energy Management and Monitoring Operational System). These awards recognise, from among the 138 proposals submitted, those that have made better use of ICTs to obtain greater Energy Efficiency. The ceremony, which was opened by the General Director for Industry, Energy and Mining of the Madrid Regional Government, Carlos López Jimeno, brought together over one hundred top-level managers of the private sector and senior officials of the public sector, including the Malaga City Council, Gijón, the Madrid Health Service and the Andalusian Energy Agency. The award was presented by Carlos López Jimeno to Alberto López-Oleaga, Innovation and Business Processes Director of Ferrovial Corporation, representing the teams that participated in the project. In the words of López-Oleaga, "this award recognises the highly innovative nature of the project which, under the leadership of Ferrovial Services, has brought together a multidisciplinary and international team by making the most of the capabilities and synergies that a company like Ferrovial can offer". Ferrovial also presented the Smart Collaboration award to the project Energy management and information platform of Andalusia, which was accepted by Susana Rabio, Director-General for Telecommunications and Information Society of the Andalusia Regional Government. British Telecom, ENDASA and Enagas were also awarded prizes. Photo: award presented by the General Director for Industry, Energy and Mining of the Madrid Regional Government, Carlos López Jimeno Ferrovial, Cadagua?s parent company, has won a prize at the SAP Quality Awardshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-cadaguas-parent-company-has-won-a-prize-at-the-sap-quality-awards Ferrovial, Cadagua’s parent company, has received a prize of the “SAP Quality Awards”, an award given by the SAP technological company to acknowledge top quality projects in its solutions deployment. We have been acknowledged with the “Gold” prize in the “Large Implementations” category for the integrated management project of financial products “Marco Polo”. A total of 18 projects were presented in this category. The jury was formed by professionals of SAP Spain, professors of Business Schools and consultants specialized in Information Technology. The main goal of the “Marco Polo” project was to start-up a registration, storage and control tool of financial products in economic, legal, risk and accountancy terms. To achieve this, the SAP TRM (Treasury and Risk Management) solution was implemented. One of the key reasons for the success of the project was the active participation and high level of involvement of all areas engaged in the project: Economic Financial General Management, Economic Financial Management of the various business lines and the Innovation and Information Systems Department, guaranteeing the excellent design of the solution and reaching the initial goals of the project. The Ferrovial Quality and Environment Division holds its 3rd Global Quality + Environment Meetinghttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/the-ferrovial-quality-and-environment-division-holds-its-3rd-global-quality-environment-meeting The Ferrovial Quality and Environment Division recently held its 3rd Global Quality + Environment Meeting at the Ferrovial University campus in El Escorial, Madrid. The meeting, held every two years, was attended by a total of 51 Ferrovial sustainability and quality managers, with the aim of compiling useful information for each business in order to prepare Ferrovial's sustainability strategy for the next few years, for short-term planning by the Corporate Quality and the Environment Division, as well as to share expertise and good practices. The three-day event took place in 4 interactive session: 3 working groups and one session called "My department and projects", in which each business unit outlined the main aspects of their projects, ensuring that all business units are aware of what others are doing. This is one of the first carbon neutral/zero emissions events to be organized by Ferrovial. All emissions generated by the event were offset using voluntary carbon market standards. Open air activities were also organised to bring the participants into contact with the rich natural environment in El Escorial, with 25 trees being planted, including yew, Montpellier maple, Pyrenean oak, rowan and cherry trees. The event was intended as a meeting point for the participants, to create team spirit across the various divisions. It also sought to bolster environmental awareness and responsible behaviour among everyone taking part. Cadagua will refurbish a drinking water treatment plant (DWTP Warszawa Centralny) in Poland http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-will-refurbish-a-drinking-water-treatment-plant-dwtp-warszawa-centralny-in-poland- Cadagua, in a joint venture with Budimex, has been selected by the Warsaw city council in Poland to modernise a drinking water treatment plant (WTP Warszawa Centralny) in the Polish capital. The contract, worth a total of 65 million zlotys (approximately 16 million euro) is governed by the 'standard contract' for EU-financed projects, called the YELLOW FIDIC contract, under which Cadagua will design and execute the works required by the Warsaw city council. The work mainly consists of replacing equipment and expanding the plant. This a major strategic project for the city of Warsaw. The plant supplies drinking water to a population equivalent of 1.2 million and is the second largest facility in the city, with daily capacity of 300,000 m3. Ferrovial´s climate change strategy commended by CDPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovials-climate-change-strategy-commended-by-cdp The climate change strategy of Ferrovial, Cadagua’s parent company, has been rewarded with inclusion in the Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) and the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), developed by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to recognize companies with best practices in emissions reduction and climate change mitigation. Ferrovial obtained 99 points out of 100 and remains in the highest category (A), attained by only four Spanish companies. Ferrovial has been included in these indices since 2009. 

CDP is the world's only global system for companies to share environmental information. It is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market agents, including 722 institutional investors holding 87 trillion US dollars in assets, to incentivize companies to disclose, and take measures to reduce, their impact on the environment and natural resources. (*) Photo: 
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Executive Chairman CDP Ferrovial is again present in the series of FTSE4Good Indices in the September 2013 biannual reviewhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-is-again-present-in-the-series-of-ftse4good-indices-in-the-september-2013-biannual-review Ferrovial has been selected as a result of its progress made in Corporate Responsibility. This latest review includes 30 new companies from 9 countries, with the United States contributing the largest number of companies (11), and has seen an increase in the representation from Asia-Pacific (2 South Korean and 1 Japanese companies). There are no new Spanish companies. No companies have been excluded from this new edition of the FTSE4Good Index. These changes became effective at the closing of the market on 20 September 2013. The FTSE4Good inclusion criteria evolve with time and as required by investors. This is a continuous assessment taking into account the following criteria: environmental management, climate change mitigation, human and labour rights, as well as the fight against corruption and accountability. These criteria are reviewed every six months (March and September). The series of FTSE4Good Indices includes four benchmarks: Global, European, United States and United Kingdom. This index is used by investors around the world to assess best practices and social responsibility criteria in order to develop their investment strategies. FTSE and EIRIS (the agency that conducted the analysis for the Index) have agreed to stop working together on the FTSE4Good products with effect from 30 September 2013. FTSE will develop a new methodology for the FTSE4Good Index. CADAGUA is taking part in MENA WATER 2013http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-is-taking-part-in-mena-water-2013 CADAGUA is taking part in MENA WATER 2013, to be held in Abu Dhabi (EAU) from the 5th to the 7th of November. This improved and newly launched MENA Water Forum is the region’s platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions for integrating sustainable water management strategies with urban planning processes. Cadagua will have an stand showcasing some of our most recent contracts in the Middle East. Also, Javier Arrieta, Cadagua’s Director of Engineering , will present a paper on membrane bioreactors applied to sewage treatment. Cadagua has offices in Dubai and is present in the region with several references; Madinat Yanbu SWRO plant in Saudi Arabia, the Darsait STP in Oman, and the Al Zawrah SWRO plant in the Emirate of Ajman. Recently, Cadagua in a consortium with Sumitomo Corporation and Malakoff Corporation Berhard has been awarded the design, construction, operation and maintenance and finance of the IWP Al Ghubrah in Oman. We look forward to seeing you at MENA WATER 2013. Cadagua selected for the design and construction of the Viseu Sul WWTPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-selected-for-the-design-and-construction-of-the-viseu-sul-wwtp The temporary business association formed by Ferrovial Agroman and Cadagua has been selected to design and build the Viseu Sul WWTP, the first waste water treatment plant with MBR technology in Portugal. The new infrastructure has a capacity of 30,320 m3 per day and will supply water to an equivalent of 90,000 people. The contract is worth approximately 14.54 million euros and the plant will be built over 37 months. It is expected to be operational at the end of 2016. Once it is running, the operation and maintenance work will extend into the following year. Thanks to the construction of the new WWTP, the Teivas and S. Salvador WWTPs will be dismantled. Large outlets and collectors will be installed to take all the waste water from the southern part of the municipality to the new installation. The installation will eliminate BOD5, COD, TSS, nitrogen, phosphorus and faecal coliforms, in order to comply with the discharge requirements in the sensitive receiving environment. The tertiary treatment shall be membrane bioreactor (MBR) and 10% of the dry weather design flow will undergo complementary treatment involving disinfection to enable it to be reused for irrigation and street cleaning. EMBEIRAL, a Portuguese engineering and construction company, is also taking part in the temporary business association. Cadagua at the IDA?s World Congress 2013http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-at-the-idas-world-congress-2013 CADAGUA will be taking part in the World Congress on Desalination and Reuse, organized by the International Desalination Association. The event will take place from the 20th to the 25th October, in Tianjin, China. The theme of the Congress – Desalination: A Promise for the Future – highlights the importance and potential of desalination as a sustainable and reliable source of water to meet present and future needs. This biannual Congress  will bring together experts from the entire spectrum of the desalination industry – utilities, research­ers, academia, government and industry – to network and exchange ideas on desalination and its crucial role in solving the world’s water issues. The Congress will focus on a variety of topics such as desalination technology, environmental sustainability, plant operations and management, and governance and finance, with a focus on applied technologies and best practices. Cadagua’s Director of Engineering, Javier Arrieta will be presenting on the Management of Operation and Optimization of Desalination Plants, while Borja Martínez – Cadagua’s  Desalination Technology and Water Supply Manager, will present on Generation of a Process Optimization Tool for Seawater Reverse Osmosis Plants. Cadagua is one of the leading companies in RO desalination, in the world, with a total installed capacity of 1.2 million cubic meters of desalinated water per day. Don’t miss out on this relevant event. http://www.idadesal.org/world-congress/world-congress/ The consortium in which Cadagua is participating closes the deal to finance the Al Ghubrah desalination planthttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/the-consortium-in-which-cadagua-is-participating-closes-the-deal-to-finance-the-al-ghubrah-desalination-plant In a consortium with Sumitomo Corporation and Malakoff Corporation Berhard as partners, Cadagua has closed a deal with three banking institutions to finance the Al Ghubrah Independent Water Project (IWP) located in the city of Muscat, Oman. The new desalination plant will cost a total of 306 million dollars. Sumitomo Corporation and Malakoff will each hold 45% of the company's shares, with Cadagua holding the remaining 10%. The consortium has also set up a company for operations and maintenance with the stakes divided in the same way.  Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) are the three banking institutions involved in the project.  The project will be complete by October 2014, when it will supply 191,000 cubic metres of drinking water per day over a period of 20 years to 800,000 people in the area.  Given the demographic and economic development of the region of Muscat, demand for water is currently 700,000 cubic metres per day and is expected to increase at an annual rate of around 2-3%.  Cadagua around the world  This contract consolidates Cadagua's expansion in the Persian Gulf region, where it has been involved in numerous contracts, among them the Madinat Yanbu desalination plant in Saudi Arabia; the water purification plant in Darsait, Oman; and the desalination plant in Al Zawrah, in Ajman, in the United Arab Emirates.  Since its establishment in 1971, Cadagua has built more than 220 drinking water treatment plants, desalination plants and urban waste-water treatment plants, as well as more than 140 industrial water treatment plants in Spain, China, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Emirates, Oman, Cyprus, Tunisia, Chile, Portugal, France, the United Kingdom and India, among other countries.  Cadagua at the Technical Conference of AEDYRhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-at-the-technical-conference-of-aedyr Cadagua will participate in the next technical conference organised by AEDYR on "The Utilisation of New Materials and Products for Desalination and Reuse". This conference, to be held at La Habana NH Hotel (Madrid) on 10th July, will have the participation of important experts in this field, both from the public and private sectors. Borja Martínez, Head of Desalination and Drinking Water Projects, will participate on behalf of Cadagua at the "Materials for Desalination and Reuse. Technical and Sanitary Aspects" round table, together with Margarita Palau, Head of the Sanitary Quality Area in the Ministry of Health, and Andrés Martínez Francés, Director of the Mancomunidad de los Canales del Taibilla (Taibilla Canal Association). More » Cadagua has Inaugurated the Drinking Water Treatment Plant (ETAP) of Hogenakkal, (Tamil Nadu, India)http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-has-inaugurated-the-drinking-water-treatment-plant-etap-of-hogenakkal-tamil-nadu-india The project financed by the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and awarded by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, includes the design, construction, operating and maintenance of the installations for a period of 60 months. The contract, executed as a Joint Venture with IVRCL Infrastructures & Project, is part of the Hogenakkal Integrated Drinking Water Project, whose aim is to supply safe drinking water to de areas affected by drought and fluorosis in the districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, in the state of Tamil Nadu, for this purpose using the water of river Cauvery. Hogenakkal is located in an area with high tourism, known for its spectacular waterfalls and its abundant flora and fauna. The inauguration of the plant, with a capacity for 170,000 cubic metres per day, took place last 29th May, giving way to the start of operating and maintenance period lasting 5 years. Cadagua to refurbish a waste water treatment plant in Polandhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-to-refurbish-a-waste-water-treatment-plant-in-poland Cadagua, in a temporary joint venture with Budimex, has been selected by the local government of Gorzow Wielkopolski, in Poland, to upgrade the city’s waste water treatment plant (WWTP). The plant is expected to be fully operational in 2014. The agreement is governed by one of the ‘standard contracts’ for projects funded by the EU, RED FIDIC, and involves renovating and expanding the existing plant to reach an average-flow treatment capacity of 27,000 cubic metres, equivalent to 240,000 inhabitants. The remodelling work at the treatment plant envisages the demolition of 4 digesters and the construction of two new ones, the remodelling of the sludge thickening building, sludge treatment through clarification and centrifugation for subsequent thickening, the construction of areas for storing the dry and sanitized sludge, and the upgrading of the electricity cogeneration and biogas management facilities. The WWTP design will guarantee compliance with the strictest levels of treated water and will be provided with environmental technology aimed at integrating the installation into its surroundings. Consolidation of Cadagua in Poland Cadagua has been present in Poland through a local office for more than eight years, and this is the ninth contract awarded to the company in the country, following the Janowek Wroclaw WWTP, the Szczecinek WWTP, the WWTP sludge drying and incineration plant in Lyna Olsztyn, the WWTP sludge thermal drying facility in Cos Poznan, the drinking water treatment plant in the town of Jelenia Gora, the remodelling of the WWTP in Chorzow, the remodelling of the WWTP in Siedlce with thermal drying plant and the remodelling of the WWTP in Jelenia Gora. (Photo: Enrique de la Fuente, Country Director - Poland and at his left Ignacio Milans del Bosch, Contracts Director - Europe). Since its establishment in 1971, Cadagua has built more than 220 drinking water treatment plants, desalination plants and urban waste water treatment plants, as well as more than 140 industrial water treatment plants in Spain, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Cyprus, Algeria, Tunisia, Chile, Venezuela, Portugal, France, the United Kingdom and India, among other countries. Cadagua, awardee of the Tomaszow Mazowieckien WWTS, Poland.http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-awardee-of-the-tomaszow-mazowieckien-wwts-poland Cadagua has been selected by the Town Hall TomaszowMazowiecki, in Poland, for executing the modernisation of the wastewater treatment station (WWTS) of this city by means of a Joint Venture with Budimex. This contract, amounting to 85 million zlotys, is governed by one of the ‘standard contracts’ for projects financed by the EU, the YELLOW FIDIC, meaning the company will prepare the project and execute the works required by the municipality of TomaszowMazowiecki. The TomaszowMazowiecki Project This project consists in refurbishing and extending the existing plant in order to provide treatment capacity for an average flow of 12,000 cubic metres, equivalent to 100,000 inhabitants. This involves the refurbishment of the treatment system, the pumping station, 1.8 km of wastewater piping and a sludge drying plant: Pumping station: modernisation of the pumping station, together with that of the neighbouring building and the medium and low voltage transformers. Wastewater piping: 1,800 m from the pumping station to the treatment system. Modernisation of the treatment system: the work covers the input piping, the building with bars for thick and thin, the sand trap, primary settling basins, a biological reactor, secondary settling basins, a sludge thickening building, a dehydration station using centrifuges, laboratory and administrative buildings. Sludge treatment, sanitation, secondary sludge centrifuging, sludge thickening, dry and sanitised sludge stores. Construction of a thermal sludge drying plant with capacity for evaporating 2,000 kg of water per hour. This WWTS, which will start operating in 2015, is designed using a highly optimised process that guarantees the most stringent quality levels for treated water. The new plant will be provided with environmental technology aimed at integrating the installations in the environment. Consolidation of Cadagua in Poland Through its delegation, Cadagua has been present in Poland for over eight years, with this new contract becoming the tenth to be developed by the company in this country after the JanowekWroclaw WWTS, Szczecinek WWTS, the sludge drying and incineration plant of Lyna Olsztyn WWTS, the thermal drying sludge in the CosPoznan WWTS, the WWTP in the municipality of JeleniaGora, the Chorzow WWTS refurbishment, the Siedlce WWTS refurbishment with a thermal drying station, the JeleniaGora WWTS refurbishment and the GorzowWielkopolskie WWTS refurbishment. (Photo: Enrique de la Fuente, Country Director - Poland and at his right Ignacio Milans del Bosch, Contracts Director - Europe). Cadagua in the World Since its creation in 1971, Cadagua has built over 220 drinking water treatment, desalination and urban wastewater treatment plants, together with more than 140 industrial water treatment plants. At present, Cadagua can provide references from countries such as Morocco, China, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Chile, Venezuela, Portugal, France, United Kingdom, Poland, India, Oman, Arab Emirates or Cyprus. 3rd Study Days on Technologies for Energy and Processing Optimisation in Water Treatment Plantshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/3rd-study-days-on-technologies-for-energy-and-processing-optimisation-in-water-treatment-plants Cadagua and the Group for Research into Technologies for Water Management and Treatment of the University of Granada and the Group for Hydro-geochemical Location Characterisation of the Environmental Division of the CIEMAT (Energy, Environmental and Technological Research Centre) have organised the 3rd Study Days on Technologies for Energy and Processing Optimisation in Water Treatment Plants, being held on the 12th, 13th and 14th of this month in the Autonomous City of Ceuta. These days are held within the framework of the “Advanced tools and methodologies for optimising the design, operating and control of plants for seawater desalination by means of reverse osmosis” R&D Project, subsidised by the INNPACTO programme of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Their aim is to debate and deepen into a series of aspects related to energy and process efficiency in reverse osmosis plants for seawater desalination, highlighting aspects such as: Optimisation of de seawater desalination process; pretreatment and remineralisation. Effect on the energy balance of an IDAM (seawater desalination facility). Definition of the physical-chemical parameters controlling the dirtying of membranes. Prevention of the inorganic dirtying of RO membranes. Development of an experimental methodology. The main results obtained from the previous stages of the project are being analysed these days, which will allow Cadagua to increase its knowledge and experience regarding innovative technologies of great interest for future applications. Cadagua and the Corporate Innovation and Processes Business Unit develop the Ferroaqua projecthttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-and-the-corporate-innovation-and-processes-business-unit-develop-the-ferroaqua-project The Ferroaqua project will develop a platform that centralises information from the water treatment plants operated by Cadagua. Cadagua, together with Asset Management Projects and Bidding, within the Corporate Innovation and Processes Business Area, have been working since September to develop a mixed industrial-IT platform, which as an ad-hoc prototype will unify handling of all the information from the different plants operated by Cadagua: data from processes, energy, analytics, consumption, etc. This will enable studies to be carried out of the processes used, together with comparisons of the water quality treated and consumption in the different plants At present, this work is carried out manually on an independent basis by each of the plants for any department requesting it. There is no mechanised process enabling its use in the company’s tasks of production control and contracting. “The development of this platform will allow studies and comparisons to be made of how the same processes operate in different plants," explains Francisco del Molino, Quality, Environment and R+D+i Manager at Cadagua. “This will give us benefits in the operation of the plant and make us more competitive, while at the same time improving the service offered to customers in terms of its quality and image.” Pilot Project The idea for Ferroaqua arose within the 9th General Management Programme (GMP) of Ferrovial University, as one of the innovation projects it develops, with a combined educational and business goal that combines learning and innovation to generate business results. The Ferroaqua pilot project will be carried out in the IDAM Valdelentisco desalination plant and two waste water treatment plants: the WWTP of San Pedro del Pinatar (top left) and the WWTP of San Javier (bottom left), over a period of 9 months. Total investment is 240.000 €.   The project has a business plan covering 80% of the plants over 5 years. It will be developed in accordance with the results obtained and acceptance by customers of this new platform. The launch meeting took place recently. Cadagua at the Oman Power & Water Summithttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-at-the-oman-power-water-summit The third annual Oman Power & Water Summit will take place in Muscat, Oman, on 5 - 7 May 2013. Oman’s power and water authorities continue to support the private electricity and water developers to do business in the Sultanate through a number of independent water and power projects (IWPPs) and independent water projects (IWPs). Annual demand for power and water is expected to increase 10% and 5% per year respectively and is likely to prompt a renewed focus on IWPPs and IWPs, and subsequently provide more opportunities for international companies to secure major contract awards. Cadagua sponsors the summit and David González the company’s Middle East Director will deliver a brief company presentation on the second day of the event. Cadagua will also count with an stand in the exhibition area to provide further information on the company. Cadagua is active in the country in tender participation and counts so far with two relevant contracts: the Waste Water Treatment Plant Darsait (top left photo) and the Reverse Osmosis Seawater Desalination Plant of Al Ghubrah (bottom left) in Muscat. This latter being a IWP where Cadagua participates as developer, will also head the engineering and construction of the plant and will be responsible for its operation and maintenance for a 20-year period. The new facility will be operational in two years and will have the capacity to produce 191,000 m3 of drinking water per day, equivalent to serving a population of 800,000. Cadagua has completed several projects in the Persian Gulf, including the Medina-Yanbu desalination plant in Saudi Arabia; and the Al Zawrah desalination plant in Ajman, UAE. Come and visit us at the OP&WS! CADAGUA will be present in Wonderworldhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-will-be-present-in-wonderworld Cadagua will participate in the fifth edition of the Wonderworld Congress to be held on 9th and 10th May in Toledo under the motto: 'Smart Operations: the key for the future of industry, infrastructure and water'. Wonderworld 2013 is the meeting point for industry and infrastructures professionals interested in achieving operational excellence in their companies. The analysis and debate in this fifth edition of the greatest meeting in Spain on technology and methodologies for process and operation management will be centred on reaching new productivity levels, structuring integral environments for the management of large installations or applying advanced concepts in the field of energy efficiency or cybersafety, among other issues. Cadagua, represented by Francisco del Molino (photo) – Quality, Environmental and R&D&I Manager, will present the talk on Ferroaqua – A Centralised Water Treatment Plant System, together with Roberto Fernández Naves – Manager of the asset management department of Ferrovial. "The development of this platform will allow for performing studies and comparative analyses linked to the behaviour of the same processes in different plants, offering the possibility of obtaining advantages in plant operation that make us more competitive on the one hand, and, on the other, customer service improvement with regard to the quality/image of the service provided", explains Francisco del Molino. This project is in line with the policy of Ferrovial regarding innovation. Ferrovial considers innovation a strategic tool to respond to the global challenges it faces in the area of infrastructures and which it is to promote constantly and systematically as a key element for the creation of wealth in a sustainable manner. Cadagua, Winner of the 5th Sustainable Development Prizes http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-winner-of-the-5th-sustainable-development-prizes- As a result of its Valdelentisco Desalination Plant, Cadagua has been awarded the Eco-Management Prize in the fifth edition of the Sustainable Development Prizes awarded by the Autonomous Community of Murcia and handed over last 16th April. The purpose of the Sustainable Development Prizes is to publicly acknowledge the effort made regarding sustainable and to contribute towards spreading successful experiences and ideas that can serve as references for others. This prize, collected by Marian Ruiz (head of the desalination plant) and Manuel Polo (area manager), was specifically awarded for achieving the registration of the Valdelentisco Desalination Plant in the EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). The EMAS Register is a voluntary tool designed by the European Commission for the inscription and public acknowledgement of those companies and organisations which have implemented an environmental management system allowing them to evaluate, manage and improve their environmental impact. The company had already been nominated for the EMAS prizes in 2012 regarding the excellence of the Environmental Management of the Valdelentisco desalination plant. Once more, Cadagua states its growing commitment to the conservation of our natural resources, betting on a high level of environmental protection within a framework of sustainable development, in this way ensuring a more respectful use of our natural environment and satisfying current needs without reducing the potential regarding future needs. Cadagua lands 33 million euro contract to manage two wastewater treatment plants in Madridhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-lands-33-million-euro-contract-to-manage-two-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-madrid Cadagua, has been chosen by Canal de Isabel II Gestión to operate and maintain two of its wastewater treatment plants in Madrid over the next four years for 33 million euro. Cadagua will manage the Sur plant, which has nominal treatment capacity to serve 2,937,000 people and is the largest plant in the Madrid region, and the Rejas plant, with capacity to serve 685,000 people. Cadagua, which has over 40 years of experience in the water industry, is a leader in the design, construction and operation of water treatment plants. Cadagua has built more than 120 municipal wastewater treatment plants, including some of the largest plants in Spain's main cities. The company was responsible for developing the primary treatment for the Sur plant in Madrid and has also provided operation and maintenance services there. In this plant, Cadagua currently manages Europe's largest thermal sludge drying plant under a BOOT contract (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer). Economic and Trade Office of the Spanish Embassy in Muscathttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/economic-and-trade-office-of-the-spanish-embassy-in-muscat Spain's long tradition and experience in high value-added fields such as reserve osmosis have turned Spanish water-treatment and desalination companies into world leaders in the technologies involved, thereby offering interesting business opportunities in these sectors in Oman. Mr. David González, Middle East Director of Cadagua says "Ghubrah IWP represents a major milestone for the Omani Government in its ongoing efforts to secure the rapidly escalating potable water needs of the country. As you probably know, Oman's daily water demand currently amounts to about 700.000 m3 and is expected to continue growing by two to three percent per year. This is in fact a fast-track project and therefore a real challenge for the Government". For Cadagua, the Al Ghubrah IWP project also represents a challenge, as well as the opportunity to prove their know-how, flexibility and expertise allowing them to be successful in this competitive market. "We are extremely proud to undertake the development and construction of this key and significant project with net desalination capacity of 42 MIGD because we competed against the strongest developers and water treatment sepecialists worldwide", says Mr. David González. The Ghubrah plant is set to be technologically and operationally superior to the water desalination projects already in operation elsewhere around the Sultanate since its design will not only be innovative in many respects, but will ensure a plant that is robust enough to withstand problems typically faced by other plants along Oman's coast such as algal blooms". This is Cadagua's largest international contract to date and its fourth contract in the GCC after SWRO plant Madinat Yanbu (KSA), STP Darsait (Oman) and SWRO Al Zawrah (UAE). Al Ghubrah Seawater Reverse Osmosis contract further enhances Cadagua's international expansion strategy and its leading role as a Spanish company in the GCC. Cadagua lands desalination plant contract in Omanhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-lands-desalination-plant-contract-in-oman Cadagua, is part of the consortium that won the contract to design, build, operate, maintain and finance a reverse osmosis desalination plant in Al Ghubrah, a suburb of Muscat, in Oman. The project is worth around 300 million dollars in total. "This contract strengthens our expansion in the Middle East, where the water treatment market offers great growth potential. Cadagua's notable experience in the area, together with our commitment to cutting-edge technology, will ensure the success of this project," said Alejandro de la Joya, CEO of Ferrovial Agroman. Cadagua will head the engineering and construction of the plant and will be responsible for its operation and maintenance for a 20-year period. The new facility will be operational in two years and will have the capacity to produce 191,000 m3 of drinking water per day, equivalent to serving a population of 800,000. Economic development and population growth in Muscat have increased the demand for water to 700,000 m3 per day. Consumption is expected to continue to increase at an annual rate of over 2%. The other members of the consortium are Malakoff, a leader in water desalination and power generation in Malaysia, the Middle East and North Africa; and Sumitomo, a top Japanese water infrastructure company with operations in many countries. Cadagua has completed several projects in the Persian Gulf, including the Medina-Yanbu desalination plant in Saudi Arabia; the Darsait water treatment plant in Oman; and the Al Zawrah desalination plant in Ajman, UAE. Founded in 1971, Cadagua has built over 220 drinking water treatment, desalination and sewage treatment plants and over 140 industrial water treatment plants in Spain, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Cyprus, Algeria, Tunisia, Chile, Venezuela, Portugal, France, the UK, Poland and India, among other countries. Photo: Saud bin Nasser al Shukaily, Chairman, Oman Power and Water Procurement Co and Habib Husain, Chairman of the Muscat City Desalination Co. sign the agreement escorted by representatives of  Sumitomo, Malakoff and  Cadagua, on the right-hand side: Javier Bernabeu - Business Development Director Global. Cadagua Volunteers in Peruhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-volunteers-in-peru The programme is developing four projects, two in the engineering stage and two in the execution stage, in the communities of Malcas, Venecia Alta, El Ollero and Nuevo Santa Rosa, in the province of San Marcos. This project, selected from the Ferrovial Social Infrastructures programme, has an execution period of 24 months and will guarantee direct access to drinking water and basic sanitation services for 2,225 persons and to 26,000 in an indirect manner. First Person Experience Ramón Lluís  Ramón has been working for 3 years in Cadagua as Execution Engineer in the New Darsait STP project, a wastewater treatment plant in Oman. His knowledge on wastewater has been applied in the tasks he has carried out in Peru, apart from being of use in similar projects to this one in which he has worked as a volunteer. Before travelling I imagined how much I would like it to be the Ferrovial project in Peru, I wished for it to be similar to those in which I had participated in the past but, deep down, I had my reservations; those transmitted to me for having spent time with aid workers in my life and, therefore, having heard the debate or historical reservations within the cooperation sector with regard to direct collaborations of private companies in projects. This experience has fulfilled all my expectations and made any possible reservation disappear. What surprised you most during your stay in Peru? What most surprised me was the good organisation, logistics and work structure or platform set up for the programme by Ferrovial – drinking water projects in Peru –. It seemed to me the programme, its actions and the way it affected the communities benefitted were extremely in line with the best practices of this sector. A great part of my surprise was finding out the good partner choice made by Ferrovial, Plan Internacional, which I already knew and admired for its good groundwork – community training and improvement/awareness –. Joining this ability with the financial power and know-how of Ferrovial and its employees in the infrastructures sector seems a very appropriate formula to me.   Salvador Escalona  Salvador works for Cadagua as execution engineer in the project for the Extension of La Poveda EDAR (wastewater treatment plant), in Madrid. His experience regarding water treatment has allowed him to carry out project improvement tasks in Peru, proposing changes in the distribution system, collection and chlorination tank improvements, among other activities. What have you gained from this experience, both at the professional and personal levels? It made me think that, a few decades ago, we were probably in similar conditions in our country to those found there. At a professional level, the way one sees things at the execution level changes, although an attempt is made to expound previous knowledge for a correct execution of the works. With regard to the personal level, you become more aware of reality. It is a fascinating experience. What is it like to work with means and in an environment so different to those you are used to? It is a bit hard to understand that the local means are not like ours. But once you are there you get involved so fast that you understand the situation as if you had always been working that way. Volunteers and personnel of the NGO at a meeting with the community of El Ollero Mónica Lemona Díez Mónica, a Mining Technical Engineer, works in Cadagua executing different projects related to water engineering, exploitation and maintenance. At present, Mónica is the Coordinator for the National and Latin American Contracting Department. In this humanitarian initiative, Mónica has been in charge of revising, analysing and suggesting file improvements, contributing with the knowledge she acquired throughout 14 years in Ferrovial. What have you gained from this experience, both at the professional and personal levels? At a professional level you learn to value how important your work is as "Water Means Life", apart from the possibility of sharing different engineering practices with professionals from other countries, which is highly rewarding. At a personal level it is very interesting to realise how you can do so much by contributing "just a little", even feeling a bit selfish as it makes you self-satisfied. You must have come into contact with the persons living in the area where you have been working. How are they reacting with regard to this project? We have worked directly with the persons of the community on site to get to know their needs and perform the appropriate checks regarding that envisaged in the project files. They fully understand at all times that we are there to improve their community and they help us with our work, collaborating with us in a totally satisfactory and positive manner.   Spanish Secretary of State for Environment visits Al-Zawrah desalination planthttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/spanish-secretary-of-state-for-environment-visits-al-zawrah-desalination-plant At the end of 2010, the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) of the United Arab Emirates responsible for the water and power supply in the north of the Arab Emirates awarded Cadagua this contract to construct a sea water desalination plant. The contract, valued at approximately 41 million euros, includes the design, manufacture, supply, construction, installation, testing and commissioning of the desalination plant. The plant has a treatment capacity of 45,560 m3 and incorporates energy recovery devices, as well as featuring the latest pre-treatment technologies: dissolved air flotation (DAF) and ultra-filtration. This is the third contract of Cadagua in the region, which consolidates the company as a technology leader for water solutions. In the picture, left to right: Abdul Rahim Yousif Ahmed (Executive Director of Supply Directorate), Federico Ramos (Spanish Secretary of State for Environment), Eng. Adel El Sayed Ahmed Hassan (Manager of Engineering & Projects - Supply Directorate) y Antonio Casado (Cadagua CEO). Cadagua nominated for the EMAS Awards 2012http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-nominated-for-the-emas-awards-2012 Cadagua has been nominated for the EMAS Awards for the excellence of the Environmental Management System of the Valdelentisco desalination plant (Murcia, Spain), owned by the state organization Acuamed S.A. This year's jury members will evaluate all nominees' performance with regard to the topic Water management (including water efficiency & water quality). There are 27 nominee's from 14 european countries and 6 categories. Cadagua participates in the category large organization, within the private sector, together with another 12 competitors. Cadagua's activity started in the context of a growing commitment with the conservation of the natural resources, pursuing a high level of environmental protection within the frame of a sustainable development. The winners of the 2012 edition will be announced at the official EMAS Awards ceremony on 29 November 2012 in the 'capital of Europe': Brussels, Belgium. The nomination trophy was collected by Francisco del Molino, Director of Quality, Environment and R & D & i (2nd photo, © Javier-Bernal-Revert/EU Commission). For more information please visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/ Cooperation project supported by Ferrovial and ONGawahttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cooperation-project-supported-by-ferrovial-and-ongawa The objective of this cooperation project is to improve the existing water installations in order to reduce mortality originating from illnesses deriving from the quality of water, while also forming teams to take charge of the operating and maintenance of these installations. It is calculated that 25,757 persons will benefit directly from this action and another 48,758 in an indirect manner. Cadagua has participated previously in collaboration projects of this kind, specifically in the Maji ni Uhai (Water is Life) project also in Tanzania and which came to an end in 2011 having accomplished 100% of its objectives. Inauguration of the Comillas and Ruiloba WWTPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/inauguration-of-the-comillas-and-ruiloba-wwtp With a budget of 11,752,201.04 Euros and a period 24 months, the work was received on 3rd July marking the start of the one-year operation contract.  The main characteristic of the work is its construction performed fully underground due to the environmental and urban conditions.  The WWTP is located between the new cemetery of Comillas and the area near the road towards Trasvía, found on a plot of 11,600 square metres, of which around 6,500 correspond to green areas and tree species adapted to the marine surroundings. Apart from the treatment of wastewater generated in the urban centre of Comillas, the installation provides its services to other localities of Comillas like La Rabia, Trasvía and Rubárcena, and also to the municipality of Ruiloba and other enclaves belonging to Valdáliga and San Vicente de la Barquera. The design of the WWTP has taken into account both the future development trends of the area requirements and the seasonal population increases linked to tourism activities. Therefore, the plant is in a state to cover the needs generated by a permanent and floating population of up to 35,200 persons, with an average design flow of 1,906 m3/day in winter and 8,790 m3/day in summer. The processing line is made up by a compact pre-treatment, lamellar decanting, fully covered thickeners, Biostyr biofiltration by Veolia, tertiary treatment with ultraviolet disinfection and a cloth filter. The main people assisting to the inaugural act were: On behalf of the Environmental Council of the Government of Cantabria: Javier Fernández, Adviser Kalin Nikolov, General Deputy Manager for Water Fernando Prellezo, Manager of the Works On behalf of MARE (future operator of the installation): Antonino Zabala, Manager Mónica Mallavia, Head of Operation On behalf of the Town Hall of Comillas: Mª Teresa Noceda, mayoress On behalf of Cadagua: Julio Llorente, Head of Area I Urbano Pereda, Manager of the Joint Venture José Gabriel Lao, Commercial Manager Miguel Sánchez, Head of Production On behalf of Ferrovial-Agromán: Alejandro de la Joya, Managing Director Rafael Cabrera, Head for Cantabria, the Basque Country, La Rioja and Navarre Manuel Aguirre, Civil Works Manager Enrique de las Cuevas, Work Superintendent On behalf of Emilio Bolado: Isabel Bolado, Manager Íñigo Marabini, Director Other persons assisting: José Ignacio Álvaro (Head of A-Gatein Technical Assistance) First Stone of the El Berro WWTPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/first-stone-of-the-el-berro-wwtp The minister for Agriculture and Water, Antonio Cerdá, and the mayor of Alhama de Murcia, Alfonso Fernando Cerón, placed the first stone of the El Berro treatment plant that will provide its services to a population of 1,200 inhabitants. The new treatment plant, forming part of the regional wastewater treatment plan, will cover the small population nuclei and has been designed including all the environmental protection measures and also to become integrated in the natural landscape of Sierra Espuña. This plant includes the tertiary filtration and disinfection systems that “perfect” the wastewater treatment process. Those present: Regional Ministry for Agriculture and Water: Antonio Cerdá, Minister Joaquín Griñán, General Director for Water Antonio Pedro, Director of the Works Hydrographical Confederation of River Segura: Rafael Belchí, Technical Director ESAMUR: Manuel Albacete; Manager TOWN HALLS: Alfonso Fernando Cerón, Mayor of Alhama de Murcia, and other persons responsible for the area. Cadagua: José G. Lao, Business Manager Esteban Rodríguez, Works Manager Ferrovial Agroman: Jorge Sanz, Manager for Murcia Carmelo Manzano, Works Supervisor Mariano Molina, Works Supervisor Cadagua is awarded the design and construction of the thermal drying for the WWTP in Siedlce (Poland)http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-is-awarded-the-design-and-construction-of-the-thermal-drying-for-the-wwtp-in-siedlce-poland The budget, including VAT, for the award was of 7,309,121 euros (31,794,676.58 PLN) and the execution period of 24 months. The scope of the works in this contract includes the design and execution of the thermal drying for the WWTP in Siedlce, together with the associated installations, and also executing the necessary electricity and thermal energy management, together with maintaining an adequate dehydrated and dry sludge management. The execution period will be 24 months from the signing of the contract. It comprehends equipping the dehydration installation on a band filter (20 m3/h @ 22%M.S.) with its auxiliary equipment, the construction of a thermal drying building with equipment for 1,300 kg H2O evaporated per hour at 90% M.S., cogeneration (2 biogas motor-generators of 190 kW and 2 natural gas motor-generators of 250 kW) with their auxiliary equipment and the system for dehydrated and dry sludge storage and transport to the sludge storage building. The low temperature band convection thermal drying installation offered has an evaporation capacity for 1300 kg/h of water. The thermal treatment turns the moist sludge with 17-22% dryness, obtained after the dehydration treatment in the plant, into dry sludge with 90% dryness. The sludge thermal drying installation is expected to operate 8,000 h/year, with the amount of 22% M.S. moist sludge being 1,625 kg/hour, that is to say, approximate 39 Tonnes/day. The heat source for the dryer will be that produced by the four motor-generators working continuously (except in the case of an emergency), with two of the motor-generators of 250 kW being powered by natural gas and the 190 kW ones by biogas. That of the boiler will be accounted for as supplementary heat. After recently being awarded the wastewater treatment plant in Jelenia Góra, this new project in Poland is very important to Cadagua as it strengthens its position in this market. The Sludge Thermal Drying Station of the WWTP in Siedlce is the eighth contract for Cadagua in Poland, the others being: the Jelenia Gora WWTP, the Janówek WWTP in Wroclaw, the Klimzowiec WWTP in Chorzów, the Szczecinek WWTP, the Sludge Thermal Drying and Incineration Station of the £yna WWTP in Olsztyn, the Biogas Management and Sludge Thermal Drying of the COŒ WWTP in Poznañ, and the Jelenia Gora Drinking Water Treatment Plant (DWTP). Cadagua awarded the O&M contract of the Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant Valdelentiscohttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-awarded-the-o-m-contract-of-the-seawater-reverse-osmosis-desalination-plant-valdelentisco The installation was designed and built by the JV Cadagua – Ferrovial Agroman and it was commissioned in May 2009.  Since then the JV has been in charge of the O&M of the plant.   Under this newly awarded contract  for 48 moths and  a budget of 12.753.131 Eur plus 18% VAT, Cadagua will be the only entity responsible for the O&M of the installation.  This desalination plant, is one of the largest in Spain, with a design capacity of 200.000 m3/day. The Valdelentisco desalination plant, a model to be followedhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/the-valdelentisco-desalination-plant-a-model-to-be-followed The most important international Conference on reverse osmosis, held in the U.S.A., emphasises the energy efficiency and financial saving of the Acuamed plant This infrastructure has already produced a total 48.8 hm3 of desalinated water A scientific article that shows the value of the technical features of the Valdelentisco desalination plant located in Murcia and operated by the State company Aguas de las Cuencas Mediterráneas (Acuamed), assigned to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has received awards from the two most important water treatment associations in the world. These are the U.S. AWWA (American Water Works Association) and AMTA (American Membrane Technology Association), that, for the first time, have formed a partnership to organise a joint conference - exhibition: the Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition 2012.  In his article, the author, an expert in hydraulic and environmental matters, Brent Alspach (Master of Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, New York) from the American company Malcolm Pirnie, ARCADIS, quotes the Valdelentisco desalination plant as an example and model to be followed for the future reverse osmosis plants to be built in California, United States. To that end, it is based, among other motives, on the advanced, efficient boron treatment the Spanish plant includes in its design. That is something especially relevant in the State of California, where the boron standard is, as under Spanish law, 1 mg/l of water produced.    As Valdelentisco achieves that level of boron by what is known as a “one step” technology (instead of the “double step” one that exists at the majority of present desalination plants), a major saving is obtained, both in energy as well as economic costs. Due to this, the aforementioned winning article from the MTC 2012 quotes the Murcian desalination plant as an example of optimum design to obtain the maximum water quality with the lowest construction and operating costs. In particular, and based on the Valdelentisco experience, the author establishes that, for the future reverse osmosis plants to be built in California, a design based on a sole step would be the most adequate to comply with the existing regulations in that State.   Ten major reverse osmosis facilities were studied at the MTC 2012 conference - including Valdelentisco - in seven countries on four continents. Specifically, it analysed the plants of Ashkelon (Israel); Fujairah 2 (United Arab Emirates); Gold Coast (Australia); Melbourne (Australia); Perth 1 (Australia) South (Oman); Sydney (Australia); Tampa (USA); Tuas 1 (Singapore) and Valdelentisco (Spain). Numerous aspects of each plant have been examined, as well as the management practices, and special attention has been paid to such elements as the mix of resources from different origins to achieve the water quality objectives, the length of the transport pipes, or the storage systems. This conference on membrane technologies to treat water is one of the most important technical events in its field worldwide. It was held between 27th February and 1st March this year at Glendale (Arizona, USA) and, among other advances and innovations, 108 technical papers at the highest level were presented. Of those papers, the first prize was awarded to the one presented on Valdelentisco. In order to better understand the aspects related to integration of desalinated sea water in the existing distribution systems, in his award winning paper, the author researched and evaluated integration practices at certain reverse osmosis plants worldwide. Of all the desalination plants studied, Valdelentisco is, according to this work, the only one that includes a “sole step” design as a strategy to limit boron in the product water, while the rest use a “double step” technology. In the reverse osmosis process, a “step” is understood as the number of times the water circulates through the osmosis membranes to make it potable. Thus, this progress brings about major savings in electric energy consumption. Construction of the Valdelentisco desalination plant commenced in January 2005, promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through the Water Company of the Segura Basin (now integrated in Acuamed). It has been in operation since April 2008 and, since then, has produced a total 48.8 Hm3 of great quality desalinated water. At the moment it was designed, the criteria finally adopted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) were foreseen in planning the plant with a target boron limit in the water produced of 1 milligram per litre (mg/l), which is the present limit established under Spanish technical health law. Cadagua sponsored the Arabian Power & Water Summit on Mar 6-7 in Abu Dhabihttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-sponsored-the-arabian-power-water-summit-on-mar-6-7-in-abu-dhabi The event, now in its 8th year, provides the perfect chance for you to find out how to profit from some of the world’s most significant projects. Over 200 international and regional decision-makers and and 50 industry leading speakers, gather in this occasion making of the event another success.  Cadagua sponsored the event with an aim to increase brand awareness in the area, achieve positioning as one of the major players in the industry and to network with the decision makers and experts in the field.   Visit us at WETEX 2012, 13 - 15 March, Dubaihttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/visit-us-at-wetex-2012-13-15-march-dubai The purpose of the event is to share and exchange ideas related to energy, water and environmental management. Cadagua will display a stand relating to its contract in Al-Zawrah, in the Emirate of Ajman, for a 45,500 m3/d desalination plant. Dubai International Exhibition & Convention Center.Za'abeel Hall  Cadagua inaugurates the Drinking Water Treatment Station of Valmayorhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-inaugurates-the-drinking-water-treatment-station-of-valmayor This extension will allow the water treatment capacity to be doubled, from 6 to 12 cubic metres per second. That is to say, some 330 cubic hectometres of water will be treated each year, a volume that is sufficient to supply over 3 million Madrilenians. Extension works: The extension works of the plant of Valmayor, which started in October 2008 and have meant an investment of over 60 million for Canal de Isabel II, consisted in the complete duplication of the installations, including the entire treatment process. The almost 2-kilometre long supply channel from the reservoir intake to the ETAP was also duplicated, together with a 100,000-cubic metre regulation tank for treated water and its connection to the second drinking water distribution ring. The following were among those attending: As representatives of the Community of Madrid: Esperanza Aguirre (President), Ignacio González (Vice-president and President of Canal de Isabel II), Ana Isabel Mariño (Environmental Advisor and Vice-president of Canal de Isabel II) On behalf of Canal de Isabel II: Adrián Martín (Manager), Belén Benito (Engineering Sub-director), Fernando Montes (Head of the Drinking Water Treatment Works Department) On behalf of the Ferrovial Group: Joaquín Ayuso (Vice-Chairman). For Cadagua: Antonio Casado (CEO), Julio Llorente (Production Director), José Gabriel Lao (Commercial Director), Juan Corral (Construction Manager). For Ferrovial Agroman: Juan Lozano (Civil Works Director), Juan Manuel Sánchez (Director for Madrid), Joaquín Torres (Construction Manager), José Quirós (Works Supervisor) Finally from the Acciona Group: Juan Ignacio Entrecanales (Vice-Chairman).  For Acciona Infraestructuras; Javier Pérez-Villamil (Area Director), Santiago Serrano (Zone Director), Alfonso Rózpide (Department Director). For Acciona Agua: Luis Castilla (Chairman), Daniel Lezama (Production Director). Other authorities: Nieves Roses (Mayor of Colmenarejo), Pilar López (Mayor of Valdemorillo) Cadagua project obtains funding from the INNPACTO program of the Ministry of Science of Innovationhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-project-obtains-funding-from-the-innpacto-program-of-the-ministry-of-science-of-innovation The project has secured total funding of 1,503,551 €, of which 777,210 € is subsidy and the remainder is refundable credit at 0% interest with a three (3) year grace period and an amortization period (including grace) of eleven (11) years. For performance of the project, Cadagua will have the cooperation of the “Thermic Conversion Processes” and “Energy Assessment of Fuels and Waste” Units of the CIEMAT (Environmental and Technological Energy Research Center), part of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the University of Granada through the “Water Management and Treatment Technologies” research group and the Environmental Technologies Research Group at the University of Valladolid. The project will last for three and a half years and will entail optimization of the general scheme of a Waste Water Treatment Plant (EDAR), through development and implementation of alternative technological solutions aimed at improvement of the process, and development of advanced tools and methodologies for design, operation and control of the facilities, to enhance reliability of the process and overall energy efficiency. Cadagua awarded a seawater desalination plant for OCP in Jorf Lasfar, Moroccohttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-awarded-a-seawater-desalination-plant-for-ocp-in-jorf-lasfar-morocco The contract, worth € 60 million, includes the design, manufacture, supply, construction, installation, testing of the desalination plant as well as putting it into operation. The plant will have a treatment capacity of 75,800 m3 per day, incorporates energy recovery devices and features the cutting-edge technology in pre-treatments such as: DAF (Dissolved air flotation) and ultra-filtration. Cadagua has been awarded the full amount of the contract, after submitting its offer as a single contractor. This project also includes two future expansions planned by OCP in order to obtain in the medium-term a final production capacity of 222,200 m3 per day. OCP has a workforce of 18,000 employees, with a turnover in 2010 of $ US4.5 billion. This represents 3.5% of Moroccan GDP and just over 25% of total exports. This project is particularly strategic for Cadagua, as it is the first such reference in Morocco, and the third in North Africa, after the Jerba and Zarzis desalination plants. This addition consolidates the company’s strong commitment to international expansion in recent years. Cadagua, Distinction in the category Water Company of the Year 2010http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-distinction-in-the-category-water-company-of-the-year-2010 Every year, Global Water Intelligence (GWI) pays homage to the leading performers in the world of water. The category, Water Company of the Year, recognizes the company that has made the most significant contribution to the development of the international water sector during 2010. Cadagua has been nominated for its proven capability to compete at the highest level of international competition – and win. Cadagua embraced international expansion with open arms last year, opening new offices and scoring a series of stunning victories in virgin jurisdictions throughout the Middle East and Asia. ‘’This recognition comes as an important incentive to make us push ourselves further, setting new goals to deliver intelligent infrastructures across the world, making a valuable and lasting contribution to humanity’’, states CEO of Cadagua, Antonio Casado. II Conferences about energetic and process optimization in water treatment plantshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ii-conferences-about-energetic-and-process-optimization-in-water-treatment-plants Cadagua, in cooperation with the Grupo de Investigación de Tecnologías para la Gestión y Tratamiento del Agua (Research Group of technologies in water management and treatment) of the University of  Granada, and the Grupo de Hidrogeoquímica de la Unidad de Barreras de Ingeniería y Geológica del CIEMAT (hydrogeochemistry group from the barrier unit of engineering and geology of the CIEMAT1), has organized the II Conference about energetic and process optimization in water treatment plants. This action is included within the framework of the R&D Project “Advanced methodologies and tools to optimize the design, operation and control of reverse osmosis desalination plants”, funded by the programme INNPACTO of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (science & innovation ministry) The Conference will take place the 23rd, 24th and 25th of this month in La Granja de San Ildefonso, in Segovia. The target is to discuss and promote an in-depth study in some aspects related with the energetic efficiency and processes in water treatment plants, with special emphasis on:·        Energy recovery systems in reverse osmosis plants Bromates removal in drinking water Implementation of hydrochemistry models in design and operation of desalination plants Remineralization of osmotized water  As a result, attendees will increase their knowledge and experience in innovative techniques of great interest for future applications. Please find more details about the conference here (1 - CIEMAT: Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas -- Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research) Cadagua nominated for the Global Water Awards in the category of "Water Company of the Year"http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-nominated-for-the-global-water-awards-in-the-category-of-water-company-of-the-year The company’s footprint in the Middle East took a marked leap forward in 2010, as it won its first contract in the UAE – an engineering, procurement and construction deal to build a 45,460 m3/d seawater reverse osmosis plant at Ajman. This was then followed by its first deal in Oman, where it won the contract to design, build and operate the flagship Darsait water treatment facility under Haya Water’s Muscat Wastewater Scheme, which will become the third biggest facility by size employing the advanced MBR technology. Early in 2010, Cadagua had secured the contract to design, build and operate a 24,200 m3/d desalination plant in Kumköy in Northern Cyprus, together with Caramondani. Just months after opening a commercial office in New Delhi, Cadagua was awarded its first contract in India in March – a 5-year design-build-operate deal for a 170,000 m3/d water treatment plant. These awards, which are organized by Global Water Intelligence (GWI) publications and members of the International Desalination Association (IDA), recognize those water companies that made the most significant contribution to the development of the international water sector in 2010. Shortlisted entries have been selected from the 11 categories featured in the 2011 Global Water Awards, which will be presented by Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the UN, at a special ceremony to be held in Berlin on 18 April in conjunction with the Global Water Summit 2011: Focusing on Performance. Since its inception in 1971, Cadagua has constructed more than 200 water treatment plants for drinking water production, desalination and wastewater treatment as well as more than 140 industrial water treatment plants. Today, Cadagua has references in countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Cyprus, Algeria, Tunisia, UAE, Chile, Venezuela, Portugal, France, UK, Poland and India. Cadagua signs a contract with Haya Water for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in the capital of Omanhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-signs-a-contract-with-haya-water-for-the-construction-of-a-wastewater-treatment-plant-in-the-capital-of-oman Cadagua leads the consortium that will develop the infrastructure, which will boast a capacity of 50,000 cubic meters per day. It will become a benchmark in the sector and the world’s third biggest plant employing advanced MBR technology. Cadagua will be working on this project with a local partner, Galfar E & C. When the contract was signed on January 19, 2011, Haya Water announced that the project would be operational within three years, and as such, Cadagua will operate the project for a further two and a half years after this period. This is the first contract for Cadagua in Oman, adding to the two already existing in the region. It will strengthen the company’s presence in the Persian Gulf as a leading provider of water technology solutions. (Left) After signing the contract, Antonio Casado, General Director of Cadagua (right) shakes hands with Sultan bin Hamdoun al Harthy, Chairman of Muscat Municipality and the Chairman of Haya Water Company (left) (Right) Right to Left: Antonio Casado, Omar Al Wahaibi (Haya Water CEO), Abdullah Al Hashimi (Haya Water GM Projects), Jesús Sancho (Director of Cadagua in the Middle East) and Hans Erlings (Galfar CEO) Meed echoes Cadagua´s contract signinghttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/meed-echoes-cadaguas-contract-signing View article. Cadagua in Everything About Water Expo, Indiahttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-in-everything-about-water-expo-india This water event, one of the most renown in India, has proved to be an ideal platform for companies and associations specialising in water treatment, wastewater management and all other related industries to showcase and exhibit their products and expertise all under one roof. Supporting this kind of events, Cadagua increases its exposure and builds strongly into the brand in the Indian market where the company opened offices two years ago in New Delhi. Cadagua counts already with a contract, the design, build and O&M for 60 months of the DWTP Hogenakkal in the state of Tamil Nadu (south of India), with a capacity of 170,000 m3/d. Cadagua will build a water treatment plant in capital of Omanhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-will-build-a-water-treatment-plant-in-capital-of-oman Cadagua heads the consortium that will build the plant, which will treat up to 50,000 m3/day, making it the world's third-largest wastewater treatment plant using advanced MBR technology. The company will work with local partner Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG. This new project in the Middle East is strategic for Cadagua and it is extremely important following the contract awarded recently for the desalination plant in Ajman as it is a market with great growth potential in water treatment. This is Cadagua's first contract in Oman (it already has two in the region), strengthening the company's foothold in the Persian Gulf as a leading provider of water technology solutions. Cadagua is awarded its second contract in the Middle Easthttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-is-awarded-its-second-contract-in-the-middle-east The reverse osmosis plant will be built in the Emirate of Ajman, located in the north of the country. The contract, valued at approximately 41 million euros, includes the design, manufacture, supply, construction, installation, testing and commissioning of the desalination plant. The plant has a treatment capacity of 45,560 m3 and incorporates energy recovery devices, as well as featuring the latest pre-treatment technologies: dissolved air flotation (DAF) and ultra-filtration. Cadagua is leading the project, and will also work in partnership with ESSA Engineering, a local civil works contractor. The FEWA operates and maintains several power stations and water plants as well as a large electric transmission and distribution network in the UAE of Ajman, UAQ, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and remote parts of the Emirate of Sharjah. This agreement strengthens Cadagua’s internationalization strategy in a region of such great importance as the Middle East. In 2006, the company put a reverse osmosis desalination plant into operation in Madinat Yanbu (Saudi Arabia), with a capacity of 50,400 m3 per day. A few months ago, Cadagua also entered into the Indian market, with a contract to build a drinking water treatment plant. (Left) General view of the plant (Right) View of three different areas of the plant: Pretreatment / DAF (top left), Chemical storage (top right) and Seawater Pumping Station (bottom) Cadagua sponsor of the 8th Edition of AEDyR Conferencehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-sponsor-of-the-8th-edition-of-aedyr-conference Cadagua, sponsor of the event, and represented by Borja Martínez, Desalination Technology and Water Supply Manager, will present the paper “Design and Construction of the Aguilas Guadalentín Seawater Desalination Plant”. This event -the most important one in Spain on the desalination and reuse field- aims at integrating a large communication forum for the exchange of technological innovation and experiences among the professionals, companies and organizations of the industry, and offers the possibility of getting acquainted to some other relevant programs with an international projection. Cadagua in the VII edition of AQUA´10 Conferencehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-in-the-vii-edition-of-aqua10-conference Within the framework of the EU demands on water quality and the goals pursued by plans and policies on this resource, the program will focus on strategies, political and economical tools and resources for a public-private management of water and for the financing of water infrastructures and services. AQUA ’10 represents a main information forum for the different economic and social agents in relation with water management as well as for the public administration with direct or indirect competencies on this resource, following the same line as in previous editions; Madrid, Valladolid, Seville, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia. Cadagua will sponsor the monographic session “R&D, essential tool in efficiency improvement in water treatment installations”, which will integrate a very interesting speakers panel, and will open a round table for discussion among the main players in the industry. Cadagua signs Ourense DWTP contracthttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-signs-ourense-dwtp-contract The signing ceremony which took place at the headquarters of AcuaNorte in Oviedo, was attended by the Mayor of Ourense, Mr. Manuel Cabezas; from AcuaNorte: Mr. Jorge Marquínez - Chairman, Mr. Vicente Sánchez - General Director and Mr. Humberto Viña Vega - Director and Member of the Audit and Control Committee. Representing the awarded JV, there were: Mr. Luis Angel Sanchez - Director of Construction of Ferrovial Agroman, Mr. Juan Lozano - Director of Civil Works of Ferrovial Agroman, Mr. Julio Llorente - Director of Contracting of Cadagua and Juan Moreno Warleta - Head of North Sector of Cadagua, who signed as delegate of the Contractor. Ourense Drinking Water Treatment Plant, financed by European funds and AcuaNorte, will have a capacity of 203 l/s, extensible to 303 l/s. The aim of the project is to provide the town of Ourense with a sufficient drinking water supply system in terms of quantity and quality to meet the standards of Community regulations. (Photo) Mr. Vicente Sánchez, General Director of AcuaNorte (on the left) and Mr. Juan Moreno Warleta (on the right), Head of North Sector of Cadagua, signing the contract Cadagua in the 7th ANQUE International Congresshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-in-the-7th-anque-international-congress Realizing the growing importance of the problem and the role that chemistry can represent in its resolution, the National Association of Chemists of Spain (ANQUE) has decided to organize the 7th International Congress to be held in Asturias from 13 to 16 June 2010 under the title "The Water Cycle. Present and Future" and under the slogan "A shared commitment". More information: http://www.anque2010.org Cadagua S.A. celebrates its first contract in Indiahttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-sa-celebrates-its-first-contract-in-india The contract has been awarded by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board and consists of the design, construction and operation and maintenance of the installation for a period of 60 months. The project is financed by the Japan Bank for the International Cooperation (JBIC). The contract will be implemented in Joint Venture with IVRCL Infrastructures & Project, within the framework of the Hogenakkal Integrated Drinking Water Project which aims to provide safe drinking water to the drought prone and fluorosis affected districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, in the state of Tamil Nadu. The water source will be the Cauvery River. Hogenakkal is a very popular tourist area, known for its spectacular waterfalls and rich wildlife. (Left) Geographical location of Hogenakkal (Right) View of the Cauvery River Cadagua in Smagua 2010http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-in-smagua-2010 Within the framework of the Smagua water exhibition, this technical session will analyse different aspects of the desalination and the experiences and views of the different agents involved. Cadagua strengthens its presence in Cyprushttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-strengthens-its-presence-in-cyprus The plant, which will have the capacity to produce 24,200 cubic meters of drinking water per day, will supply several towns in northern Cyprus. Cadagua submitted its bid for the tender as part of a joint venture - in which it holds a 50% stake - with the company Caramondani Desalination Plants. This project will allow Cadagua to consolidate its presence on the island, since this constitutes the fifth contract the company has been awarded there. New contract for Cadagua in Polandhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/new-contract-for-cadagua-in-poland With an award budget of 25.7 Million Euro, this is the second contract awarded to Cadagua in 2009 in Poland, and the sixth in total in this country. (Left) Signature of Chorzow contract (Poland) (Right) Aereal view of Chorzow plant Cadagua at the IDA World Congress 2009http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-at-the-ida-world-congress-2009 Attendees will include end-users (utilities), manufacturers and suppliers, government officials, consultants, researchers, financiers and members of academia. Under the theme "Desalination for a Better World," the Congress will address environmental and energy impacts of desalination on the global stage by exploring the challenges, trends and advances in the industry, as a reflection of the aim of both IDA and the industry to make desalination and water reuse sustainable and affordable. The IDA World Congress 2009 will feature five days of technical sessions, lectures, roundtable discussions, interactive sessions and workshops. IDA expects to surpass 1,800 delegates from over 80 countries during the 2009 World Congress, which will show case the growing demand and high interest level in desalination and water reuse as a solution to the world's water issues. The global water crisis is as critical as global climate change; desalination and advanced water reuse offer hope of new water for the world from unlimited seas and water reuse to the world. Come and visit our stand no. 15-16-17-18! Cadagua opens its first commercial premises in Indiahttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-opens-its-first-commercial-premises-in-india India has a population of over 1.1 billion people and promises to be one of the world's markets with the greatest potential for water treatment. The company’s permanent offices are distributed throughout four countries, namely Spain, Poland, Dubai and now India. However, the company also runs or has been involved with a wealth of other projects in Chile, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Cyprus, France, United Kingdom, Algeria, Kuwait and China, among others. Cadagua has shown its clear international vocation ever since 1967, the year in which it won its first contract outside Spain. The most recent significant international contract was awarded to the company last May, when a consortium of Cadagua and Budimex Dromex signed a contract to remodel and expand the Janówek waste water treatment plant in Wrocklaw, in the southeast of Poland. Cadagua has been awarded a new contract - Polandhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-has-been-awarded-a-new-contract-poland The objective of the contract, which has a 28-month execution period, is to expand the plant’s capacity to 140,000 cubic metres from the present 90,000 cubic metres. The contract includes the installation of a thermal sludge drying plant with a capacity of 280 tonnes/day of dried sludge, and advanced biological treatment facilities including elimination of nutrients. This plant will serve the city of Wroclaw, which, with close to 700,000 inhabitants, is one of the most important cities in the country from an economic point of view. This contract is the fifth to be awarded to the consortium in Poland, which consolidates Cadagua’s presence in the country and marks another step forward in its expansion into Eastern Europe. The consortium’s most representative contracts in Poland include the waste water treatment plant at Szczecinek; thermal sludge drying and incineration at the Lyna treatment plant in Olsztyn; cogeneration based on biogas and thermal sludge drying at the Cos treatment plant in the city of Poznan and the Jelenia Gora drinking water treatment plant. Cadagua in the 7th Edition of AEDyR Conferencehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-in-the-7th-edition-of-aedyr-conference AEDyR (Spanish Association for Desalination and Recycling) has chosen Bilbao for the conference this year due to the industrial tradition of the Basque Country and its large experience with water treatment technology. The Conference is the ideal forum for facilitating communication and exchanging experiences and new technologies among people, companies and institutions linked to the sector. Borja Martínez Urbina, project engineer of the Desalination Department will speak about the “Refurbishment of Dhekelia SWRO Plant (Cyprus)”. For more information on the Conference, please download the VII AEDyR Conference Program. Cadagua approaches the Arab water markethttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-approaches-the-arab-water-market The event exceeded the already high expectations set, as reported by Jesús Sancho, the company’s manager for the Middle East. It’s been a year since Cadagua opened its offices in Dubai, a move it made to deal with the large amount of interest shown towards the water market in the Middle East. Its partaking in this key conference and exhibition has helped to reinforce the company’s presence in the sector and support the area manager’s commercial. The event was attended by senior management from the leading companies of the world in the fields of water and power. Cadagua’s Eduardo Porras, CEO, was given a gift for the sponsors by H.R.H Prince Khalid Bin Faisal Bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Makkah Region (Saudi Arabia). Given the great potential that this market represents for Cadagua, the company is sure to take part in next year’s event. (Photo) Cadagua's Eduardo Porras receives award from H.R.H Prince Khalid Bin Faisal Bin Abdulaziz Inauguration of the new Guadalajara WWTPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/inauguration-of-the-new-guadalajara-wwtp The treatment plant will see an increased flow of 45,000 cubic meters per day. It has the capacity to serve a projected 300,000 inhabitants from Guadalajara and Marchamalo by the year 2026. In addition to complying with the European Directive on waste water treatment, the plant will enable efficient removal of certain components by biological means, in agreement with the requirements of the ‘Hydrological Plan for the Tagus basin’ – with significantly stricter criteria in this respect than the European legislation. The opening ceremony was attended by the mayor of Guadalajara, Antonio Roman, the Government's deputy in Guadalajara, Araceli Muñoz, and the president of the CHT (Hydrographic Confederation of the Tagus), Jose Maria Macias, amongst others. On behalf of Cadagua, Antonio Casado (Manager Director) and Julio Llorente (Director of Construction in Spain) attended the event. (Photo) Inauguration of the new Guadalajara WWTP The new Guadalajara WWTP will eradicate bad odourshttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/the-new-guadalajara-wwtp-will-eradicate-bad-odours The new installation will enable to retire the old one which would celebrate its 20th anniversary next year since it was inaugurated in 1989, with Jose Bono as President of Castilla-La Mancha Government and Javier Irizar as city mayor. In these two decades Guadalajara has grown dramatically and that has made necessary to have a new installation of such characteristics that has entailed an investment worth 19 million euro. The start-up of this complex facility, which area almost triples that of the old wastewater treatment plant, will allow a gain in treated water capacity as it will treat 57,000 m3, 16,000 more than the old one. This fact means that the new installation, operating at two thirds of its total capacity -as it does nowadays- treats a flow rate for 120,000 equivalent inhabitants and at full capacity for 60,000 more. Moreover, this new plant is prepared for future expansions within each of its treatment lines; therefore, the capacity of the installation could reach up to 240,000 equivalent inhabitants. (Photo) Guadalajara WWTP under construction Foundation stone in the Refurbishment of Ibiza WWTPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/foundation-stone-in-the-refurbishment-of-ibiza-wwtp This refurbishment - consisting basically in the replacement of equipment - will be used until the Balearic Government builds a new installation. The contract is worth 3.5 million euro (VAT included) and the works must be completed within 8 months.   The event was attended by the Minister of Environment of the Balearic Government, Mr. Miquel Àngel Grimalt, the Works Manager and Head of the Construction Department of the Agència Balear de l'Aigua i la Qualitat Ambiental, Mr. Juan José Romero, the Environment City Councillor of the City Council of Ibiza, Mr. Joan Rubio and the General Director of Water Resources of the Balearic Government, Mr. Isidre Canyelles.  (Photo) From left to right: Mr. Joan Rubio, Mr. Juan José Romero, Mr. Miquel Àngel Grimalt and Mr. Isidre Canyelles Cadagua, exhibitor at POLEKO 2008http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-exhibitor-at-poleko-2008 At this event, the largest environmental protection trade show in Eastern Europe, Cadagua will display photographs of our main water installations at a 40 m2 booth (Pavilion 5, booth no. 85). Come visit us! Cadagua, exhibitor at "Power Generation & Water Middle East Exhibition"http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-exhibitor-at-power-generation-water-middle-east-exhibition This event provides a unique platform for regional and international organisations to showcase their products and services for the power, water and energy sector. Please visit us in our stand no. E34 where we will display photographs of our main water installations. For more details about the exhibition visit www.powerandwaterme.com. Cadagua meets Ciemat and the University of Granada in Úbeda (Jaén)http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-meets-ciemat-and-the-university-of-granada-in-ubeda-jaen Several speaking sessions have been scheduled for this three-day event. From Cadagua, the participants will be Fidel Ignacio Plaza, Director of R&D&i Dept. and Gloria Garralón and Sonia Quintana of the same department as well as Borja Martinez's of the Engineering Dept. and Enrique Cantera of the Production Dept. The project has been funded by the General Secretariat for Territory and Biodiversity of the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) (Exp. No. 096/SGTB/2007/2.2) and by Innotek Program of the Basque Government (Exp. No. IT-2007/00060). Cadagua and Budimex will modernize the sewage treatment plant at Szczecinekhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-and-budimex-will-modernize-the-sewage-treatment-plant-at-szczecinek In July both companies signed the contract, worth around €19m, with Przedsiêbiorstwo Wodocigów i Kanalizacji Sp. z o.o., the municipal water company for this aim. Cadagua offers solutions to water scarcityhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-offers-solutions-to-water-scarcity Cadagua, as leading company in the design, construction and management of all types of water treatment plants, has a presence at the Expo in the pavilions corresponding to the various countries and regions where it operates, and through participation by its experts in debates about water. CADAGUA in the First International Congress on Water Management in the Mining Industry (WIM 2008)http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-in-the-first-international-congress-on-water-management-in-the-mining-industry-wim-2008 Oscar Alvarado, Business Development Area Manager, will be presenting a paper about the Importance of Raw Water Intake Systems in Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination Plants. This Congress will provide a unique opportunity for professionals, researchers, technology consultants and suppliers to analyze and discuss recent innovations and developments related to three main aspects such as water supply, efficient use and effluent treatment in the mining industry. Cadagua owns with a large experience in this field in Spain and is exploring the possibility of accessing this market in Chile. Further information on WIM 2008 congress at: http://www.wim2008.com/joomla. Extension of the Tertiary Treatment of the La Gavia WWTPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/extension-of-the-tertiary-treatment-of-the-la-gavia-wwtp The contract is worth 5.06 million euro (16% VAT not included). The plant must be completed within 12 months from approval of the final construction project, including a commissioning period of 1 month. The extension of the tertiary treatment of the La Gavia Waste Water Treatment Plant will have a capacity of 21,600 m3/day for an equivalent population of 172,800 inhabitants.  Taking over of Ronda WWTPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/taking-over-of-ronda-wwtp The plant, designed for an average flow rate of 14,375 m3/day and a pollution load of 600 mg/l BOD5, comprises a water line (pre-treatment + two-stages biological treatment), a sludge line (sludge thickening + anaerobic digestion + mechanical dewatering) and a gas line and other ancillary elements needed (odour treatment). Completion of the works of Damm Industrial Wastewater Treatment Planthttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/completion-of-the-works-of-damm-industrial-wastewater-treatment-plant Damm IWWTP, designed for a discharge flow corresponding to a beer production of 5,500,000 hl/year equivalent to an average load of 63,000 kg COD/day, has a process line consisting of a screening and conditioning of wastewater, followed by an anaerobic treatment through IC reactors under Paques license (Netherlands), post-biological treatment through Circox aerobic new-generation reactors and deodorization through compost filters. Participation of Cadagua in the 1st edition of "Expo Congreso sobre BIOGÁS"http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/participation-of-cadagua-in-the-1st-edition-of-expo-congreso-sobre-biogas The aim of this event is to inform about all the agents involved in the production chain, management and valuation of wastes from which the biogas is obtained, current and future technologies related with its obtaining and use as well as to evaluate the profits, etc. Cadagua will share the stand with PAQUES B.V., a Dutch company whose license we represent in Spain since 1988. Javier Arrieta (Industrial Projects Manager, Cadagua) and Peter Yspeert (Regional Sales Manager, Paques B.V) will be the speakers of the conference titled: Thiopaq ®, biogas washing. Biotechnical innovation with lowest operating cost. For further information on the Congress: http://www.globalenergy.es/espanol/introduccion.php?id=5. Celesa IWWTPhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/celesa-iwwtp CELESA specialises in the production of special cellulose pulps from non-wood fibres as flax, hemp, sisal, abaca and jute fibres. Cadagua, exhibitor at IFAT 2008http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-exhibitor-at-ifat-2008 At this event, one of the most important environmental fairs in the world in which Cadagua is a regular exhibitor, we will display photographs of our main water installations, at a 84 m2 stand (A3.217/314). Come visit us! Cristina Narbona visits San Javier Wastewater Treatment Plant in Murcia (Spain)http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cristina-narbona-visits-san-javier-wastewater-treatment-plant-in-murcia-spain The plant which is in testing period and operation since summer 2007, has a capacity of 22,500 m3/day, having foreseen an extension up to 30,000 m3/day in the future. Participation of Cadagua in the 2nd Seminar "Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs)" organized by iiR Spainhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/participation-of-cadagua-in-the-2nd-seminar-wastewater-treatment-plants-wwtps-organized-by-iir-spain Javier Arrieta, Manager of International Projects of Urban Waters of Cadagua will attend the seminar as speaker, giving his talk about Biological nutrient removal (BNR) process from wastewater (Module VII of the program). Ferrovial Agromán and Cadagua to expand a water treatment plant in Marbella for 23.6 million eurohttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/ferrovial-agroman-and-cadagua-to-expand-a-water-treatment-plant-in-marbella-for-236-million-euro The new facility will guarantee water supplies to the Costa del Sol in the months of July and August, when demand rises significantly. The plant is designed to cover growth in water needs for the next 20 years, based on projections by the Andalucía Regional Government, which awarded the project via its company EGMASA (Empresa de Gestión Medioambiental). The work is to be completed in 35 months, when the plant's capacity will be 4,600 litres/second (397,440 cubic metres/day). The Regional Government calculates that the extension will benefit one million people in the towns on the Costa del Sol: Marbella, Mijas, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Ojén, Manilva, Casares, Istán, Estepona and Benahavís. (Photo) Río Verde DWTP (infography) Minister Narbona visits Valdelentisco Desalination Plant.http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/minister-narbona-visits-valdelentisco-desalination-plant The first phase of the plant will produce 27 hm3/year of water to service around 400,000 inhabitants in the region of Murcia. Once the second phase is accomplished, the capacity will reach 70 hm3/year. Valdelentisco will then become the first RO desalination plant in Europe and the third one in the world. The plant has involved an investment of 114 million Euros, including an open seawater intake and a pre-treatment system consisting of Dual Media pressure filters (sand and anthracite) and a Reverse Osmosis building to hold up to 16 RO trains.  (Photo) Isidoro Carrillo, Ángel González, Cristina Narbona, José Salvador Fuentes Zorita and Pedro Saura testing desalinated water during their visit to Valdelentisco plant. (Photo by: EFE) Conference on Desalinationhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/conference-on-desalination Cadagua, S.A. represented by Santos Paunero, Contracts Execution Engineer, will participate in the Conference on Desalination organized by the Civil Engineering Association - Andalusian Division, that will take place on 13th December in Málaga (Monte Málaga Hotel). As responsible for the execution of Melilla SWRO Plant, Santos will give an overview of the administrative, technical, operative and environmental aspects of this installation as well as of Valdelentisco SWRO Plant. Cadagua S.A. Second Technical Conference (Valladolid)http://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-sa-second-technical-conference-valladolid The Conference included presentations on different technical issues, on health and safety measures on site and on the administration and management of the plants among others. (Left) Opening of the Second Technical Conference of Cadagua S.A. (Right) General view of the conference room. Cadagua, S.A. Second Technical Conferencehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/cadagua-sa-second-technical-conference The Conference will include presentations on different technical issues, on health and safety measures on site and on the administration and management of the plants. World Congress on Desalination and Water Reusehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/world-congress-on-desalination-and-water-reuse This is the world's most relevant event in  the field of desalination and water reuse and will gather experts, manufacturers, suppliers and end users from over 50 countries. Cadagua will participate in the conferences and will count with and stand in the exhibition area. This Congress is raising great expectation given the unprecedented growth and importance of this industry in the world. The technical program is promising and will address many of today's most pressing issues and topics regarding desalination and water reuse. Come and visit us at stand num. 15, 16, 35, 36. IWWTP Cobega - Tacorontehttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/iwwtp-cobega-tacoronte The contract is worth 1.51 million euro (VAT not included). The plant must be completed within 15 months from the signing of the contract, including a commissioning period of 1 month and a half. The Cobega-Tacoronte Waste Water Treatment Plant will have a capacity of 720 m³/day (COD = 3,600 Kg/day) and will use an anaerobic type process. WWTP Seixalhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/wwtp-seixal The contract is worth 10.29 million euro. The plant must be completed within 24 months from approval of the final construction plans. The Seixal Waste Water Treatment Plant will have a capacity of 43,850 m3/day for an equivalent population of 156,000 inhabitants. WWTP Chipionahttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/wwtp-chipiona The contract is worth 8.78 million euro. The plant must be completed within 17 months from approval of the final construction plans, including a commissioning period of 6 months. The Chipiona Waste Water Treatment Plant will have a capacity of 32,400 m3/day for an equivalent population of 90,000 inhabitants.  BWDP Sant Joan Despíhttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/bwdp-sant-joan-despi The contract is worth 47.9 million euro, broken down as: 1.1 M€ for the Project Design, 46.4 M€ for the Execution of Works and 0.4 M€ for the Operation Test. The plant must be completed within 15 months from approval of the final construction plan, and this will have to be drawn up within a 3-month period. The reverse osmosis plant will have a capacity of 72 Hm3/year. This polishing treatment capacity represents 50% of the nominal capacity of the Sant Joan Despí Potable Water Treatment Plant. The plant is part of the water supply plan in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, aimed at the improvement of the quality of the potable water coming from the Llobregat River.  Relevant Data of the Reverse Osmosis Plant: Client: SOCIEDAD DE AGUAS DE BARCELONA, S.A.  Location: Sant Joan Despí (Barcelona) Capacity: 206,064 m3/d Raw water: River water TDS < 1,500 ppm Product water: Turbidity < 1 NTU; TOC < 1 mg/l; TAC = 80÷100 mg/l (CaCO3) Use: Improvement of Potable Water (RD-140/2003) Global conversion factor of the plant: 90% SWDP Águilashttp://www.cadagua.es/en/news/swdp-aguilas The contract is worth 238.7 million euro and includes operation and maintenance of the plant for 15 years. The plant must be completed within 22 months from approval of the final construction plans. The Águilas/Guadalentín desalination plant will have a capacity of 60 Hm3/year (180,000 m3/day). The winning consortium must also undertake the work required to increase the capacity of the existing desalination plant, owned by the Águilas Irrigation Board, by 6 Hm3/year (18,000 m3/day) by expanding the water intake and pre-processing facilities. The new Águilas/Guadalentín desalination plant will supplement water supplies to irrigate the southern area of the Segura watershed as well as supplying water to the municipalities of Lorca and Águilas. The plant is part of the Environment Ministry's A.G.U.A. plan. Sea water will be taken in at a depth of 17 metres to minimise the impact and, after processing, the brine will be discharged in an area where waves will favour diffusion and dissolution. The desalination process includes physical and chemical pre-treatment, microfiltration, pressurisation, reverse osmosis, boron removal, and post-treatment. The installations will include renewable energy facilities (solar thermal for sanitary hot water, and solar photovoltaic to power indoor and outdoor lighting, irrigation of green areas, heating and air conditioning) and the plant will be integrated into the landscape and environment using ecological materials, sustainable technologies, autochthonous vegetation, rational land use and energy efficiency, among other factors. The desalination plant will also have an interpretation centre to receive visits from the public.