The volume of industrial and domestic wastewater in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam, has surged following rapid industrialization and urbanization.

To help the local infrastructure cope, authorities have awarded a contract valued at $130 million to expand the city's Binh Hung Sewage Treatment Plant.

The work will be undertaken by Veolia subsidiary OTV and Hitachi, Ltd., in consortium with South Korean construction firm POSCO Engineering & Construction, Ltd. (POSCO E&C). A ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion project was held on February 7.

As a result of this upgrade, the daily processing capacity of the sewage treatment plant will increase from 141,000 to 469,000 cubic meters, which is sufficient to meet the wastewater treatment needs of approximately 1.4 million people. The expansion will make the plant one of the biggest sewage treatment facilities in South East Asia, the consortium partners said.

Welcoming the contract, Emmanuel Gayan, Veolia Water Technologies' executive vice-president for Africa, Middle-East and Asia, said: "Our teams of water treatment experts worked with local authorities to come up with the best possible solution to meet their needs, and we are honored to have been entrusted by Ho Chi Minh City for this project, along with our partners Hitachi and POSCO E&C."

OTV and Hitachi are also working together in Iraq. Last year they got the green light for a 199,000 cubic meters per day desalination plant and pre-treatment facilities in Basrah, the largest project of its kind in the country.