Spanish water management company FCC Aqualia has won a contract to manage the sewerage system in Al Dhakhira, Qatar, for the next 10 years.

This marks FCC Aqualia's entry into the Emirate of Qatar and consolidates its presence in the Middle East, after the company won tenders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The contract, which is worth EUR300 million ($375 million), was awarded by the Qatar Public Works Authority (Ashghal).

A Spanish-Korean consortium of FCC Aqualia (through its subsidiary, Aqualia MACE) and Hyundai will design, construct, operate and maintain the wastewater treatment facilities, wastewater pumping stations, transfer pumping station and collectors associated with the city of Al Dhakhira.

The new treatment plant will handle an average flow of 56,200 cubic meters per day, providing service to a population of more than 200,000 residents.

According to FCC Aqualia the plant will benefit from the latest technology in sewerage and wastewater treatment. More than 35 kilometers of pipes will be used for the facility, with peak flows (with maximum wastewater treatment) of 168,000 cubic meters (equal to 66 Olympic pools) and a wastewater tank with capacity for 84,000 cubic meters.

The consortium won the tender in competition with nine other companies, including the Spanish firms Cadagua, Acciona and Ferrovial and multinationals such as Daewoo, Samsung and Marubeni.