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SUEZ signs hazardous waste management agreement with Shanghai Huayi

Project marks major milestone in SUEZ NWS's commitment to support ambitious environmental goals in waste management

At the signing of the  Qinzhou hazardous waste energy recovery contract.
At the signing of the Qinzhou hazardous waste energy recovery contract.

SUEZ NWS and Shanghai Huayi have entered into an agreement to jointly provide hazardous waste treatment and recovery solutions in Qinzhou, Guangxi province, China. Responsible for the management of hazardous waste at several industrial sites in China including the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP), this project marks another major milestone in SUEZ NWS's commitment to support local government's ambitious environmental goals in this area.

The agreement provides for the creation of a joint venture between SUEZ NWS (51%) and Huayi Group (49%), which will be responsible for the construction, financing and operation for 50 years of an energy recovery unit (ERU) for the hazardous waste produced by the Qinzhou Harbor Economic and Technical Development Zone of Guangxi Province. With a total investment of about €46 million, this facility will have an annual treatment capacity of 30,000 tons. The construction of the unit will begin in 2018 and will be operational by 2021.

The facility will provide safe and environmentally friendly disposal of hazardous waste, with a unit designed and built according to European standards in terms of air emissions. It will also recover 86,400 tons of steam, which will be supplied to local industrial customers, thus avoiding the consumption of an equivalent of 12,000 tons of coal per year and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

"We're delighted to partner with SUEZ Group on sustainable industrialization," said Mr. Wang Wen Xi, Head of Environmental Protection department of Shanghai Huayi.  "We have every confidence that by combining our strengths, we will achieve excellence in the Qinzhou project, for the benefit of China's environmental sector. We plan to work with industrialists in more locations to achieve China's noble environmental ambitions."

"This agreement is yet another important testament to the shared commitment to promote circular economy and green growth between China and France," said Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ. "We provide our expertise to several industrial parks with a view to reducing their environmental footprint and we aim to pursue our development on the basis of a partnership model. The project developed by SUEZ and Shanghai Huayi in Qinzhou is a perfect example of Sino-French cooperation."

The Qinzhou project strengthens SUEZ NWS' presence in the rapidly growing hazardous waste recovery market in China. The Group already has 6 ERUs in Mainland China, in construction or in operation. SUEZ NWS owns and operates one of Asia's biggest hazardous waste incineration plants located in Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, with an annual treatment capacity of 120,000 tons. In the Nantong Economic and Technological Development Zone, its facility has the capacity to treat 30,000 tons of hazardous waste and 3,300 tons of medical waste per year. In Changzhou Binjiang Development Zone, SUEZ NWS has inaugurated in June 2018, the largest integrated hazardous waste incineration facility of Changzhou. These facilities recover heat to produce steam for companies within the zone. Additionally, SUEZ NWS has tabled a robust pipeline of hazardous waste incineration facilities in Suzhou, Qidong and Taixing, the latter two will be commissioned in 2018. 

With 90 000 people on the five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. The company provides water and waste management solutions "that enable cities and industries optimize their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performances, in line with regulatory standards. To meet increasing demands to overcome resource quality and scarcity challenges, SUEZ is fully engaged in the resource revolution." According to SUEZ, the Group recovers 17 million tons of waste a year, produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy. It also secures water resources, delivering wastewater treatment services to 58 million people and reusing 882 million m3 of wastewater. SUEZ generated total revenues of 15.9 billion euros in 2017.

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