Suez Environnement Gets Contract for Hong Hong Food-Waste Plant

Suez Environnement and Atal Engineering Ltd. won a 246 million-euro ($302 million) contract over 15 years to develop and operate a food-waste treatment center in Hong Kong.

The organic-waste installation, which is expected to start up in the mid-2017, will turn 200 metric tons of food waste daily into biogas and compost, Suez, based outside Paris, said in a statement. A proportion of the power produced from the biogas will be injected into the grid.

Suez Environnement and bigger rival Veolia Environnement SA are moving into markets outside Europe to benefit from regions with higher economic growth. The Hong Kong contract is part of the utility’s work to strengthen business in China.

“Suez Environnement is reinforcing its position as the leader in the Hong Kong waste management market,” Marie-Ange Debon, deputy chief executive officer in charge of international activities, said in the statement. “Hong Kong produces large amounts of food waste every day” and the government wants to treat and turn it into “useful resources,” she said.

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