296 articles in France
THE FRENCH ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE has charged the country’s authorities with failing to honour its commitments under the 1992 Ospar convention for the protection of the northeast Atlantic marine environment.
ONDEO DEGRÉMONT has booked a €38 million contract to modernise the WTP operated by the Greater Angers local authority at Ile-au-Bourg in the Loire region of France.
JEAN-MARIE MESSIER, president of the Vivendi Universal holding group, has said that the company is to retain its role as the leading shareholder in Vivendi Environnement (VE) “for a long time”.
December marked the end of a roller coaster year for the international water sector. Several companies experienced notable success while others were happy to hear the sound of the year’s final trading bell. The year 2001 brought the end of one of the longest running bull markets in history and the arrival of a global economic slowdown. For the global water industry, consolidation and mergers continued to drive sector performance.
EON IS THOUGHT TO BE MAKING ANOTHER BID to enter the global water market, a year after it admitted defeat in its attempt to acquire Saur (see GWI, Vol. 1, Issue 7, p.5)
Legislation aimed at reform of French water policy has had its first reading in the National Assembly but has no chance of formal adoption before the end of the parliamentary session in February. This means that it will be up to the next administration to decide whether or not to push ahead with the legal programme.
THE WORLD’S second largest producer of titanium dioxide (TiO2), Millennium Chemicals, has awarded a management contract for its water networks and supplies in France to Vivendi Environnement (VE).
THE AREZZO CONCESSION, awarded to an SLdE joint venture in 1999 for 25 years, is now at the centre of a contentious legal battle.
SUEZ LYONNAISE DES EAUX (SLDE) increased turnover by 36% to €34.6 billion in 2000 with most of the growth coming from the group’s two core business areas – energy and water. Internal growth was 12.3%.
VIVENDI ENVIRONNEMENT (VE) has won the concession to manage the city of Prague’s water supply and sewerage systems in a consortium with AWG. The Czech government will receive €174 million for a 66% stake in the Prague water utility, Prazské vodovody a kanalizace (PVK).