Ferrovial has entered Poland's incipient waste treatment market with its first contact, for which it will design and build a plant in Bialystok, in northeast Poland. The contract is worth 332.96 million zlotys (around 78 million euro).
The local authorities selected the consortium comprising Budimex, Ferrovial's construction subsidiary in Poland; Cespa, the group's environmental services subsidiary; and Keppel Seghers
, a Belgian company specialized in environmental technology, to design and build a waste-to-energy plant, which will serve the city's 300,000 inhabitants. The plant will be able to process 120,000 tons of waste per year with a generating capacity of 17.5 MWth, and is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2015.
Waste treatment is an incipient segment in Poland. According to EU data, barely 27% of waste generated in Poland is recycled or reused, and the remaining 73% is dumped in landfills. These figures contrast with mature waste treatment markets such as Germany and the Netherlands, where almost all waste is treated. In Spain, more than 42% of municipal waste is treated.
Budimex sales expanded notably (+35%) in 2011, to 1.323 billion euro, and the backlog grew by 20%, to 1.902 billion euro. Major works completed in the last year include the Lublin and Augustow bypasses and line 9 of the Ilawa railway.