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Food and construction among Suez’ fast-growing markets

With new contracts worth EUR 860 million, waste management and recycling major Suez hopes to boost its global growth in the industrial sector and especially six priority markets: food & beverage; chemicals; construction; decommissioning and materials; energy, pulp and paper; and mining and metals.

In line with its ‘Shaping Suez 2030’ plan, the company looks to support major industries in implementing technologies and services that deliver operational excellence and help them address their environmental challenges.

In the United States, Mark Anthony Brewing renewed its confidence in Suez to engineer, supply and instal reverse osmosis equipment for the production of processed water and water recovery at its production site in Glendale, Arizona. The company will benefit from Suez expertise to reduce the water footprint and environmental impact of its second production facility, on a new 25 000 M2 green field site.

Chemical waste recovery

Arkema, a global player in chemistry and specialty materials, has renewed its collaboration with Suez collaboration through a three-year contract worth EUR 38 million. Waste amounting to 60 000 tonnes per year is managed and recovered at 20 sites in France.

In the western France, Suez will undertake a dismantling project to ensure the de-pollution of facilities and odour control during operations. Arkema expects more than 20,000 m² will be treated.

Meanwhile, BP has awarded Suez a EUR 10 million contract over three-and-a-half years for the management of hazardous waste at one of its European refineries. The Suez solution recovers and converts waste into an alternative fuel that will eventually feed a network of cement kilns.

Paper too

An unnamed major paper recycler and producer in Ontario, Canada, has awarded Suez a two-year service extension, turning a temporary mobile solution for maintenance into a long-term water treatment contract. This will enable the company to produce higher quality boiler feed water from local surface water, while also meeting production needs and reducing chemical usage. Eight mobile units will be provided, consisting of ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and demineralization trailers.

Pandemic-proof services

‘In line with our strategic plan, we continue to develop our activities on industrial markets,’ says Ana Giros, Suez’ senior executive vice president in charge of the APAC and AMECA Regions and key industrial accounts. ‘We support industrial customers to ensure the continuity of their operations in all circumstances, as we did during this unprecedented health crisis.’

According to Giros, these recent contracts demonstrate Suez’s ambition ‘to go even further and strengthen its presence in these promising business activities’.

Take-over possible

Meanwhile, Veolia has offered EUR 2.9 billion to acquire a 29.9% stake in Suez. It is looking to pay EUR 15.5 for every share currently owned by the energy giant Engie SA. Suez says its board will consider the offer ‘shortly’, adding the offer was unsolicited. Veolia ceo Antoine Frerot said both groups complemented each other. ‘In a global market, size is critical to finance the equipment needed to fund the environmental transition of cities and industries.’ A previous attempt to unite the two companies failed in 2012.

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