Vallourec awards Veolia Water the contract to audit the water footprint of its biggest production facilities

21/09/2012 - Sustainable development
To assess and compare the water footprint of seven of its biggest production plants worldwide, Vallourec has turned to Veolia Water.

​Paris, September 20, 2012 – To assess and compare the water footprint of seven of its biggest production plants worldwide, Vallourec has turned to Veolia Water’s new measurement and decision-making assistance tool: the Water Impact Index (WIIX).

Water is essential in the industrial production process of Vallourec, which is why the company—the world leader in premium tubular solutions for the oil and gas industry—pays constant attention to reducing the amounts used. In the space of 10 years, Vallourec has reduced its water withdrawals by 40% per metric ton of tube produced.

Vallourec now intends to do more than simply measure how much water it extracts and wants to know the full impact of its water use on the natural environment.

“We want to go beyond the usual approach based on knowing the amounts of water taken from the environment or from distribution networks, and instead learn what impact each of our industrial sites has on local water resources. We have the twofold objective of ranking our targets and action plans for water resource management, and of having on hand an educational tool to explain those targets and plans both internally and externally,” says Jean-Louis Merveille, head of sustainability for Vallourec.

For those reasons, Vallourec selected Veolia Water to help it asses the water footprint of its seven biggest sites by using the Water Impact Index (WIIX): Saint-Saulve (tube and steel mill) and Déville-les-Rouen in France, Mülheim and Rath in Germany, Youngstown in the United States and Belo Horizonte in Brazil. In addition to the amounts of water they extract, the sites were chosen on the basis of their water management costs and their representativeness of Vallourec’s main geographical production regions.



Vallourec is a world leader in premium tubular solutions primarily serving the energy markets, as well as other industrial applications. In 2011, Vallourec sales amounted to €5.3 billion.

With over 22,000 employees, integrated manufacturing facilities, advanced R&D, and presence in more than 20 countries, Vallourec offers its customers innovative global solutions to meet the growing energy challenges of the 21st century.

Listed on NYSE Euronext in Paris (ISIN code: FR0000120354, Ticker VK) and eligible for the Deferred Settlement System, Vallourec is included in the following indices: MSCI World Index, Euronext 100 and CAC 40.

In the United States, Vallourec has a sponsored Level 1 American Depository Receipt (ADR) program (ISIN code: US92023R2094, Ticker: VLOWY). The ratio of Vallourec ADR to ordinary shares is 5:1.


Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialized in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, it is also one of the world's major designers of technological solutions and constructor of facilities needed in water and wastewater services. With 96,651 employees in 69 countries, Veolia Water provides water service to 103 million people and wastewater service to 73 million. Its 2011 revenue amounted to € 12.617 billion.


Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is the worldwide reference in environmental solutions. With more than 330,000 employees the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €29,6 billion(*) in 2011.


(*) Excluding VeoliaTransdev revenues currently under divestment

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