A $52.8 million contract for a large wastewater scheme has been signed by a venture of Germany’s Lurgi with Israel’s Tahal and the local Unuvar Insaat Sanayi. The scheme will serve touristic areas on the Aegean coast. This follows approval by the treasury for external funding for the project planned by a grouping called Kus-atak, made up of the municipalities of Kusadasi, Davutlar and Guzelcami (MEED 4:10:96).

The selection came as a setback for a rival venture of the UK’s Biwater International, the local Tekser and Denmark’s Semco, which submitted the lowest bid of $40.5 million for the project, in late June. It was disqualified on technical and financial grounds by Kus-atak along with another bidder.

Key components of the turnkey project including design, construction and operation for one year, are:

a sewage collection system consisting of 32 kilometres of collector main plus pumping stations

a sewage treatment plant to serve the needs of the growing population up to 2005, but designed to cater for future population growth up to 2020

a 1.5-kilometre-long sea outfall.