Businesses and InterestsFoz do Brasil
Starting in 2009, Odebrecht began to consolidate its operations in the segments of waste and industrial effluent treatment, sanitation (water and sewage) and urban solid waste under the brand Foz do Brasil. These assets originally belonged to Construtora Norberto Odebrecht and in 2008, they were separated into Odebrecht Engenharia Ambiental.
Foz do Brasil offers environmental solutions for industry and helps improve the population’s quality of life. That is why it operates through different agreement models: Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs); full (water and sewage) and partial (sewage) concessions; asset lease; and the operation and maintenance of sewage treatment networks and stations.
Also in the area of sanitation, Foz do Brasil works in partnership with SABESP in the coordination of the Aquapolo Project – the largest development in the Southern Hemisphere and fifth largest in the world dedicated to the production of reuse water for industrial purposes that uses treated sewage as raw material. This project was awarded by Global Water Intelligence, the world's main publication dedicated to the topic of water, which elected Aquapolo one of the planet’s most innovative sustainable projects.
In 2010, the Company won the contract for the Blumenau (SC) sanitary sewage system and the Mairinque and Santa Gertrudes (SP) water and sewage concessions.
In the area of sanitation, Foz do Brasil assists 4.5 million Brazilians through municipal concessions and partnerships with state companies, such as CEDAE (RJ), COPASA (MG) and SANASA (SP). The Rio Claro (SP) and Rio das Ostras (RJ) water and sewage concessions, for example, were the country's first municipal PPPs in sanitation.
In the industrial segment, Foz do Brasil serves clients from the oil, mining, steelmaking and petrochemical sectors through the controlled companies Lumina and Cetrel-Lumina. It has also invested in the largest outsourced utilities center for the national steelmaking industry, currently being installed in the municipality of Jeceaba (MG).
The Organization’s operations in the sector began back in 1994, when Construtora Norberto Odebrecht assumed the first country’s first private sanitation concession in the city of Limeira (SP). The transaction was successfully completed in association with the French company Lyonnaise des Eaux. From that point forward, the Organization undertook other projects in the area.