Paris, October 23, 2014 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501 / “Hitachi”) and Veolia (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE), through its subsidiary OTV, announced today that a consortium formed by their two companies, along with Egyptian engineering firm ArabCo, has received an order from the Iraqi Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of pretreatment facilities and surrounding facilities (river water intake facilities, and water transport facilities) at a water desalination plant in Basrah, Iraq. The value of the order will total about 24 billion yen, of which 10 billion yen for Hitachi and Veolia. Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2014, with completion scheduled for April 2017. The consortium received a comprehensive order in January 2014 for EPC on the water desalination plant as well as operation and maintenance (O&M) for a period of five years. The new pretreatment facilities represent an additional project following up on the order in January. The construction of these facilities will be undertaken with loan assistance from the Japanese government.