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CHICAGO, July 12, 2011 - CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) has selected Veolia Water to design, build and operate a new state-of-the-art mine water treatment system to be located near Mannington, W.Va.Construction of the Zero Liquid Waste Discharge system is slated to begin in July.
The agreement includes a 10-year operating partnership with CONSOL, plus additional 5-year options to operate the facility, coupled with an environmentally sustainable design and construction approach.Veolia Water will be treating mine water from CONSOL's Blacksville #2, Loveridge, and Robinson Run mining operations Full operation of the treatment facility is expected to commence by May 2013.
Veolia Water is a division of Veolia Environnement, the global leader in sustainable environmental services, with more than 155 years of global water treatment experience. This expertise will be key to the design and operation of this new system which will treat high-volume mine water with numerous constituents.
"Veolia is the perfect partner with which to collaborate," said Katharine Fredriksen, CONSOL senior vice president environmental strategy and regulatory affairs. "They bring design and operational experience with over 75 Zero Liquid Discharge plants around the world."
"CONSOL is demonstrating a responsible and sustainable approach to managing mine water," said Steve Hopper, executive vice president, Veolia Water Americas Industrial Business Group."We believe this partnership will prove to be highly successful given CONSOL's 150 years of energy-sector operational expertise and our 155 years of water treatment experience."
The project is expected to create approximately 200 construction jobs over the next two and a half years and will require about 20 permanent employees to operate the facility. The Veolia team will be utilizing local construction partners and personnel from its Pittsburgh office.
CONSOL Energy Inc., the leading diversified fuel producer in the Eastern U.S., is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500. It has 11 bituminous coal mining complexes in five states and reports proven and probable coal reserves of 4.4 billion tons. It is also a leading Eastern U.S. gas producer, with proved reserves of over 3.7 trillion cubic feet. Additional information about CONSOL Energy can be found at its web site: www.consolenergy.com.
Veolia Water is the world leader in water and wastewater services and technological solutions. Veolia Water is part of Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), the worldwide reference in environmental services, providing solutions in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management and passenger transportation. With more than 30,000 North American employees and 315,000 employees worldwide in 74 countries, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $46 billion in 2010. Visit the company's Web sites at www.veolianorthamerica.com and www.veoliawaterna.com and www.veoliawaterstna.com.