By winning a €156 million contract from the Sri Lankan National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Veolia, through its subsidiaries OTV and SADE, will help provide access to water on a large scale in the Greater Matale area.
Located in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, some 150 kilometres from the capital, Colombo, Greater Matale is a predominantly agricultural region. Veolia, through its subsidiary OTV, has just been appointed project manager for the construction of five new water treatment plants in the region along with 12 service reservoirs, five pumping stations and more 430km of transmission and distribution pipes. This system will ensure drinking water quality and secure supply for more than 350,000 people.
Clarification, settling and filtration, the Matale (30,000m3/d), Ambanganga (18,000m3/d), Ukuwela, Udatenna and Rattotta (9,000m3/d each) water treatment plants will incorporate the Veolia solutions and technology that best suit local conditions. Another Veolia subsidiary, SADE will act as subcontractor to design and build the 433km transmission and distribution network.
This contract was made possible with the support of local French government services through a financial scheme combining export credit from a syndicate of banks (CACIB, Natixis, Unicredit and BNP Paribas), with a guarantee from the French Ministry of Finance and a local commercial loan from HNB bank and treasury bonds.