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Calédonienne des Eaux Committed to Fiji and Pacific

  Suez at a glance helps cities and industries optimise water management, recycling and waste recovery. One of the world leaders in smart and sustainable man­agement of resources, is committed
07 Jul 2018 10:00
Calédonienne des Eaux Committed to Fiji and Pacific
The water treatment plant in Belavuto, Ba.

 

Suez at a glance helps cities and industries optimise water management, recycling and waste recovery.

One of the world leaders in smart and sustainable man­agement of resources, is committed to Fiji and the Pacific.

Calédonienne des Eaux’s, a sub­sidiary of a multinational compa­ny, Suez, recently opened its office in Suva.

Suez at a glance helps cities and industries optimise water manage­ment, recycling and waste recov­ery.

Responsable Agence Industrie- New Calédonia and country man­ager – Fiji Marc Mocellin said: “We have established that Fiji is the base or the hub of the Pacific.

“We have other projects coming in from other countries but we want to do them from here.

“We noticed that easiest place to go to other Pacific island countries is from Fiji.

“We are sure that water needs here are quite high and we have the technology and knowledge.”

He said one of their biggest wish­es is to develop and increase capac­ity building with Fiji.

The opening of the French com­pany Calédonienne des Eaux’s of­fice in Suva is seen as a positive move since the inaugural Franco-Fijian Dialogue in May.

The company works closely with Water Authority of Fiji.

The company had successfully tendered for contracts to install two modular water treatment plants – one in Ba, the other in Tailevu and have successfully delivered.

About Suez

Suez director Didier Vallon said: “We have over 90,000 employees, operating in five continents with industrial and business customers over 450,000 with a turnover in 2016 of 15.3 billion pounds (FJ$37.56bn).

“At Suez, we work side by side with cities and support them in meeting their challenges of urban development and attractiveness, also through new models of gov­ernance.

“We help cities to respond to the challenges of water quality and quantity, to preserve the environ­ment for the community, and we drive them towards the circular economy of resources thanks to re­cycling and recovery.

“We support cities in implement­ing the vision of their own future.

“A city that is more and more cir­cular, resilient and collaborative.

“Our objective in shaping re­sourceful cities is to provide high­er value services for citizens, give them the possibility to become ac­tors of the attractiveness of their own city, and to generate savings.”

Fighting climate change is a top priority for Suez, which has set itself three objectives: to mitigate the causes of climate change, to adapt to its consequences and to build new alliances that develop climate responsible models.

“The creation of the Suez branch in Fiji is a major step which began four years at that time we didn’t know each other well.

“But since then a beauti­ful story has been written and we had the opportunity to co-operate on different kinds of projects and tech­nical assistance or new wa­ter plants.

“Now its time for us to set­tle in Fiji, we discussed it in Paris but it took a little while. I am very happy to be here with you to celebrate this creation,” Mr Vallon said.

The company also an­nounced that they have a commitment to build a training centre here and not only for Fiji but for the Pacific.

“The training centre is to facilitate similar trainings that we have at the Suez academy,” said Mr Mocellin.

“We have developed roughly 60 training courses in water treat­ment and we want to share them.

“The training centre will have planned to build it near the Ba wa­ter treatment plant, so its better when you have the infrastructure near to you to conduct the training.

“The trainers are qualified people and it is held between minimum of five days and maximum is 10 days very intense training anywhere in Fiji.

Suez also provides tailored re­source management solutions for all industrial sectors worldwide, to help them increase their economic and environmental performance and brand image.

“We support industries and busi­nesses in the optimisation of their economic performance by securing production continuity and access to resources, improving opera­tional efficiency, competitiveness, minimising risk and downstream impact and increasing resource re­covery and asset protection.

“Changes in regulatory require­ments and higher expectations from end-users encourage indus­tries to seek the expertise and col­laboration of private operators. Through our expertise, we help them meet regulatory standards.

“We help industries increase re­sources recovery, including energy in order for them to turn their own waste streams into new and acces­sible resources.

“We contribute to industries’ sus­tainable development strategies by optimising and protecting water resources, turning waste into new resources, improving energy effi­ciency, and reducing greenhouse-house gas emissions.

“By partnering with us, indus­tries benefit from solutions to im­prove economic and environmental performance, and have a positive impact on the territory and on bio­diversity around their sites.”

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

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