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FCC consolidates its position in the USA by winning a recyclables management contract in Houston for more than 250 million dollars

  • The contract has a duration of 15 years extendable up to 20 years
  • This is the ninth contract won by FCC Environmental Services in the USA
  • The total portfolio signed to date in the USA by the FCC Group’s environmental services subsidiary is 900 million dollars

Houston City Council has awarded FCC Environmental Services, the American environmental services subsidiary of the FCC Group, the contract to design, finance, build and operate the plant to sort, recover and market all the city’s recyclable materials for 15 years, extendable up to 20 years. The expected contract value is more than 250 million dollars, including the sale of recovered materials from Houston and from third parties, though the cost for the city will not exceed 36.8 million dollars.

This contract is awarded in a strategic enclave since Houston, with a population of some 2.3 million, is the fourth most populated city in the USA and will soon be the third, according to growth predictions. With this contract, FCC consolidates its strong and rapid implantation in the USA where it already has contracts to the value of around 900 million dollars and serves a population of more than eight million Americans.

FCC has wide experience in similar plants in various countries in the world with more than 50 facilities currently available and similar to that proposed for the city of Houston, including one near the city of Dallas. The Houston facilities will occupy an area of six hectares with a covered area of about 11,000 square metres.

The plant is planned to treat 120,000 tonnes per year with a maximum capacity of 145,000. The process line will be fully automated and will be equipped with the latest materials separation technologies. The collection vehicle fleet owned by the city of Houston will carry the mixed recyclable materials from the selective collection bins to the FCC facilities which will process and commercialise all the city’s recyclables exclusively.

With the Houston contract, the Public Services Group continues to take firm steps towards consolidating its project to launch its services activity in North America and to take advantage on that market of its more than 115 years’ experience in the environmental services sector world wide.

USA, market for environment

FCC is present in the United States through FCC Environmental Services, the Group’s environmental services subsidiary in that country, which covers the businesses and services of the collection of rubbish, recycling and treatment of solid urban wastes, handling of industrial wastes, treatment of wastes from petroleum and gas production and exploration, soil decontamination and other environmental services.

For FCC Environment the USA is a growing market and is consolidating as one of the main markets on which this company is focusing and in which it has occupied an outstanding place in a short time.

The FCC Group’s environmental services area has won important contracts in recent years. The first contracts achieved in Texas were the transport of bio-solid wastes in the city of Houston, the construction and management of the new Materials Recycling Plant (MRF) in the McCommas Bluff Landfill facilities south of Dallas and the treatment and commercialising of all the recyclable materials for the city of University Park. In 2017, the company won three new contracts in Texas, in the cities of Mesquite, Garland and Rowlett. FCC also won two contracts for the collection of solid urban municipal wastes in Polk County and Orange County, both in the state of Florida.

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