Veolia acquires ACTQ Septic Services

Veolia Australia and New Zealand has acquired ACTQ Septic Services, building on its liquid waste services offering in the Australian Capital Territory.

With an annual turnover of $1.5 million and five full-time employees, ACTQ Septic Services offers grease trap and portable toilet (septic) services across ACT from its Queanbeyan-based facility.

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Danny Conlon, Veolia’s Executive General Manager – Eastern Region, said the decision to purchase ACTQ falls in line with Veolia’s strategic plans to expand its liquid waste solution offering. He said it ensures the company has the capability to meet future market demand, while complementing its existing portfolio of waste management services.

The acquisition was also aligned to meet service requirements for Veolia’s existing customers, such as the Department of Defence. It now enables Veolia to bring previously outsourced services, such as portable toilet hire, in-house.

“We can now offer a broader range of waste and wastewater management services to our ACT and regional NSW customers. The biggest benefit lies in being able to scale our local operations, which will enable better utilisation and reduce disposal costs,” Mr Conlon added.

ACTQ was established in 1994 by Greg McAllister, and the ownership had remained unchanged since this time.

The ACTQ purchase is the fourth waste services business acquisition completed by Veolia in 2017. Earlier this year, Veolia successfully completed acquisitions of Catalyst, Ellwaste and Clean It, bolstering its services and capability across WA, VIC, NSW and QLD, respectively.

Veolia selected to deliver Springvale WTP

Veolia Australia and New Zealand has been chosen by Springvale Joint Venture and EnergyAustralia to deliver the new Springvale Mount Piper Power Station Water Treatment Plant (Springvale WTP).

Veolia will partner with Australian based Infrastructure Capital Group to fund the project, located in New South Wales’ Central West region.

The Mount Piper Power Station provides approximately 15 per cent of NSW’s power, and the Springvale WTP will be built under a build, own, operate and transfer contract.

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It has been commissioned by EnergyAustralia and the Springvale Joint Venture.

This facility will treat the mine water and deliver water to the power station for beneficial reuse. The project aims to enhance the quality of mine water discharged, ensure operational compliance in relation to water outflows and enable continued operations of both the mine and the power station.

The project requirements include:

● Transfer of water from the Springvale Mine to EnergyAustralia’s Mount Piper Power Station
● Treatment and reuse of the mine water, which is to be used as the industrial cooling water for the power station as well as ensuring excess water discharge complies with relevant environmental obligations
● Implementing a brine extraction and crystallisation process that can blend with the waste streams from the Mount Piper Power Station, ensuring both the mine and the power station remain in operations.

Following the construction, Veolia will then be responsible for the operations and ongoing maintenance of the pipeline and treatment facility, over a 15-year period.

“Veolia’s expertise in water treatment as well as our strong presence in mining and infrastructure has given both the Springvale Joint Venture and EnergyAustralia the confidence to award this 15-year water infrastructure contract to Veolia, which is so important to NSW’s power supply and provides an environmental outcome that will guarantee the mine’s future,” said Doug Dean, Managing Director of Veolia Australia and New Zealand.

“This contract confirms the added-value solutions and expertise that our group provides to its energy and mining clients, so that their processes can comply with industry and regulatory standards and can improve the efficiency of their operations.”

While preliminary site activities have already commenced, this contract now allows construction of the Springvale Water Treatment Plant to proceed immediately and will be completed by mid 2019.

The contract is projected to generate a number of jobs in the regional area and approximately 400 million AUD in revenue for Veolia over the coming 17 years.

Veolia and Northern Midlands Council unite against domestic violence

Veolia Australia and New Zealand has joined Tasmania’s Northern Midlands Council in the Ending Men’s Violence Against Women Campaign, an initiative by White Ribbon Australia, unveiling a specially branded waste services truck this week.

Martin Robinson, Veolia’s General Manager of Business Development/Marketing – Tasmania, said he was pleased to collaborate with the council and support a serious social issue affecting one in three Australian women.

“Veolia is committed to doing what it can to raise awareness of domestic violence prevention across the communities in which we operate, as well as supporting affected staff,” Mr Robinson said.

“We want the message to have an impact and the custom-made truck decal will be seen by hundreds of drivers, commuters, and residents each day.”

Northern Midlands Council recently rallied support from its waste contractors around the state.

“The Northern Midlands Council is dedicated and determined to raise awareness regarding the White Ribbon Australia campaign. Domestic violence in any form is not acceptable and by working together we can build a future where men’s violence towards women is preventable,” said Northern Midlands Council Mayor David Downie.

As part of its commitment to support the campaign, Northern Midlands Council had signage fitted to its street sweeper which spends countless hours on main roads and residential streets.

The campaign is in support of White Ribbon Day which will be held from 25 November and 6 December 2017.