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THE CITY OF WILSONVILLE in Oregon and the Tualatin Valley Water District have awarded US Filter Operating Services a five-year contract, with a five-year renewal option, to operate and maintain a new 15MGD WTP. Contract value is $5.5 million.
MOTT MACDONALD’S US associate company, Hatch Mott MacDonald, has acquired the Killam Group from Thermo Electron Corporation.
BRAZIL’S STATE OIL COMPANY PETROBRAS is to invest R$192 million (US$97 million) in pollution prevention, monitoring and emergency control measures at its Duque de Caxias refinery on Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro.
BRAZILIAN MINISTER for national integration Fernando Bezerra has said that work on the Rio São Francisco transfer project will begin in August.
DETAILS HAVE EMERGED on how the Brasilia Federal District water company, Caesb will use its US$130 million IADB loan.
THE CITY COUNCIL of Pôrto Alegre has been in talks with Japan’s Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) over a US$78 million loan towards the US$130 million Ponta da Serraria WwTP.
THAMES WATER has completed its purchase of Chilean water utility Essbio, paying $336 million for a majority 50.9% stake. Thames made a winning bid of $282.3 million for a 42% shareholding in Essbio in September 2000, beating a rival offer from Vivendi (see GWI, Vol. 1, Issue 5, p.4).
THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT is preparing to submit a bill to congress in February designed to overcome the main obstacle to privatisation in the water industry – the question of who has the right to control service concessions.
SÃO PAULO state governor Mario Covas is said to be considering the sale of 38% of the state’s 88% ordinary shareholding in Sabesp to a private sector partner.
It is still too early to know exactly what effect the new administration of President George W. Bush will have on the US water industry, but a clear picture is beginning to emerge.