Biwater secures $1.2bn worth water infrastructure contract

UK-based water engineering firm Biwater has secured a $1.2bn contract to provide water and wastewater treatment solutions for Erbil and Sulaimani cities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

The project aims to decrease strain on existing infrastructure and minimise the region’s dependence on diminishing groundwater reserves for environmental benefits.

Biwater chairmain Adrian White said: "Since Biwater was founded in 1968, we have delivered many large international water projects across the globe, including strategic turnkey solutions throughout the Middle East.

"The signing of this contract in Kurdistan is a major landmark in providing technological and financial solutions that address complex water-related challenges in the region."

The contract requires Biwater to deliver a 600,000 m3/day water treatment plant in Erbil and upgrade water treatment plant as well as build wastewater treatment works and sludge treatment facilities in Sulaimani.

Biwater deputy chairman Alastair White said: “Biwater is very grateful for the support of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Her Majesty’s Government teams in Erbil and Baghdad, who have been instrumental in bringing the project to fruition.”

A loan financed by UK Export Finance (UKEF) was signed to support the development works, including site surveys, evaluation for social and environmental impact and detailed designs.

The development works to be done before construction are expected to take 6-12 months.

Image: UKEF chief executive Louis Taylor and Alastair White at the development works loan signing event. Photo: courtesy of Biwater.