A venture of France’s Lyonnaise des Eaux and the local BTP Enka has been awarded a 10-year operation and maintenance contract for a water and sewerage programme in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya (MEED 22:11:96). The client is the Antalya Water & Sewerage Authority (ASAT).

Turnover in the first year of the contract will be $7 million. The contract will be the first to be awarded directly in Turkey to a private sector venture for running a water distribution and purification process, although work has also started on the $750 million Izmit water supply project on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis by a venture led by the UK’s Thames Water International.

According to the agreement, Antalya Water Operations (ANTSU), the operating company formed by the partners in the venture, will administer the city’s water and sewerage operations for 10 years starting from January 1997. The venture will attempt to reduce the amount of water lost from the existing pipe network to more manageable and internationally-accepted levels.

ASAT is currently engaged in a water supply and sewerage infrastructure construction programme to meet demand from a rapid increase expected in Antalya’s resident population to 960,000 by 2005 from the present 535,000, not taking into account substantial seasonal increases from tourism traffic. The programme is being funded by an estimated $145 million in loans from the World Bank and the European Investment Bank. The consultant to ASAT is the UK’s Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners, together with the local Su Yapi.