HOUSTON, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synagro Technologies, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SYGR), a full service provider of water and wastewater residuals
management services, announced today that it has received a "Notice to
Proceed" to begin construction of a state-of-the-art biosolids heat drying and
pelletization facility for the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
(District) which is expected to be completed sometime in mid 2004.
The facility, which will be built at the District's Wastewater Treatment
Plant in Elk Grove, will process biosolids within a contained building to
reduce odors. Further, the facility will treat air emissions from the plant
using advanced state-of-the-art technology to help continue the "good
neighbor" relationship between the District and surrounding residents.
"This facility is the first of its kind in the State of California and
incorporates the most environmentally and technically advanced processing
systems available," according to Ruben Robles, Biosolids Program Manager.
"Our environment and our community will benefit once this facility is
completed and begins serving the residents of Sacramento County," stated
Wendell Kido, District Manager. "The project design will enable this advanced
treatment facility to be operated while having minimal impact on the
neighborhood and allow us to deliver treatment services at a reasonable cost
to the community," said Kido.
The state-of-the-art technology also provides another environmentally
friendly benefit by recycling the city's wastewater residuals into an
"exceptional quality" Class A organic fertilizer product that can be sold for
use on commercial and residential lawns and gardens.
Approximately 20 dry tons of Class A biosolids will be produced daily at
the Sacramento Recycling facility -- about 7,500 tons a year -- which will be
marketed by Synagro and distributed for commercial and residential use under
the "Granulite" brand name. Synagro currently markets over 150,000 tons of
Class A (Exceptional Quality or EQ) pelletized biosolids annually.
"This will be a world-class heat drying facility and excellent example of
how public-private partnerships can be formed to address municipal biosolids
management needs, environmental challenges and local community concerns,"
stated Ross M. Patten, Synagro's Chairman and CEO.
The District entered into a public/private partnership last year with an
industry team, led by Synagro Technologies, Inc., signing a twenty year
contract to design, finance, build and operate a 7,500 dry ton/year biosolids,
dewatering and heat drying facility capable of providing local residents with
a long-term, environmentally friendly solution to their waste management
Synagro is teamed with Andritz-Ruthner, Inc., Black & Veatch, and The
Whiting Turner Contracting Company for the design and construction of the
facility. The plant will incorporate the Andritz Drum Drying System with its
innovative processing features. Andritz-Ruthner is the industry leader in
heat drying/pelletization technology, with over 55 facilities worldwide.
Design and local planning expertise is being provided by Black & Veatch, Inc.
and Whiting Turner will construct the facility.
"We are looking forward to beginning this benchmark project in
California," said Patten.
Synagro received all of the permits required for the project on schedule
prompting issuance of the official "Notice to Proceed" from the Sacramento
Regional County Sanitation District on July 18, 2003. The contract allows 548
days for construction, start-up and acceptance testing by the District, with a
Scheduled Acceptance Date of January 16, 2005, but an early completion in 2004
Synagro is the largest national company focused on water and wastewater
residuals management services in the United States, serving over 1,000
municipal and industrial water and wastewater generators in 35 states and the
District of Columbia. The Houston-based company offers a range of water and
wastewater residuals management services focusing on the beneficial reuse of
organic, nonhazardous residuals during the water and wastewater treatment
process, including the treatment and conversion of sewage sludge into
Synagro's residuals management services include collection and
transportation, land application, thermal drying and pelletization,
incineration, composting, alkaline stabilization, dewatering, cleanout
services, wastewater treatment plant operations and maintenance, product
marketing, record keeping and regulatory reporting services.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve
known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors not under the
Company's control, which may cause the actual results, performance or
achievement of the Company to be materially different from the results,
performance or other expectations implied by these forward-looking statements.
These factors include, but are not limited to (1) the ability to find, timely
close, and integrate acquisitions, (2) unseasonable weather, (3) changes in
government regulations, and (4) the ability to access debt and equity
financing when needed. Other factors are discussed in the Company's periodic
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
EDITORS NOTE: for additional information on this project, contact
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District at 916-876-6119 or
For additional online information about Synagro Technologies Inc, contact
www.synagro.com or call (800) 370-0035.
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