Modern Water has submitted an application for planning permission to build Gibraltar's first-ever wastewater treatment plant at an estimated cost (according to the planning application) of £25M/$32M.

Located on Europe’s southern-most point to the South of Spain, the densely populated (35,000) British Overseas Territory and headland, (just 6.8km2/2.62 square miles) has already seen preparatory works that included basic design, survey and the Environmental Impact Assessment required for full planning and environmental approvals - as well as preliminary site works.

Collaborating with its UK-based joint venture partner NWG Commercial Services Ltd (Northumbrian Water), with whom it secured preferred bidder status in October 2014, Modern Water has to ensure that with space so restricted, the new plant must have a particularly small footprint.

"This important step forward in planning marks the successful completion of our advance works contract," said Simon Humphrey, Modern Water's CEO. "Together with our partners at Northumbrian Water, we continue to work very closely with the Government of Gibraltar to finalize the main Design, Build and Operate contract”.

On completion of the design and build, Northumbrian Water will then be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the plant for 20 years.