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Tuesday, 23 February 2010, 13:48 HKT/SGT

Source: Mitsubishi Corporation
EBARA, Mitsubishi and JGC Agree to Joint-venture in Water Business

TOKYO, Feb 23, 2010 - (ACN Newswire) - EBARA CORPORATION (EBARA), Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), and JGC Corporation (JGC) have agreed that MC and JGC will each acquire a 33.3% share of EBARA's wholly-owned Ebara Engineering Services Co., Ltd. (EES), thereafter giving the three shareholders equal management of the subsidiary.

The new joint venture aims to parlay each company's strengths into a stronger business platform for EES in Japan and further expansion in the global market for water business, where European companies have a commanding presence. EES has engineering expertise in water business, and has built up know-how and a Japanese network in the operation and maintenance (O&M) of water supply and sewage systems. MC possesses a global network as well as expertise in business management and financing, while JGC has a proven track record in global engineering and project management.

This joint venture is the first step in a strategy to grow a competitive Japanese consortium in the global water market, leveraging each partner's advanced technologies and business capabilities. The group hopes that EES will promote greater developments in water infrastructure that can eventually contribute to safe and sustainable water supplies the world over, including desalination, reuse, and purification.


EBARA is considered a pioneer in Japan's water-treatment industry. For decades, the company has been the primary EPC provider for Japan's water treatment plants. In April, 2009, all of the EBARA Group's water-treatment business units were integrated into EES, the aim being to establish a general water company by unifying marketing, construction, and O&M functions. EES now assumes all of EBARA's water related business. The subsidiary boasts a strong track record in the manufacturing and sales of EBARA's related facilities and machinery, and is Japan's top O&M company for water and wastewater treatment facilities. EES deploys over 2,000 well-trained operators to some 300 facilities around the country, where they provide O&M services and water treatment chemicals.

About JGC

JGC has been engaged in enterprise investments reinforcing its water business as one of its core operations. JGC is a shareholder in three IWPP projects in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, and has launched a joint venture with Singapore's Hyflux Ltd. for a large-scale sea water desalination project in Tianjin, China. JGC has achieved satisfactory results in lake water purification projects in China. JGC has developed proficiency in project management through numerous, large-scale projects in energy and petrochemicals. The company intends to parlay this along with its global EPC implementation network, project management capabilities, and total engineering expertise into a broader and more comprehensive portfolio in the water business.

Mitsubishi Corporation

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