Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Biwater Signs Water Purchase Agreement In The Republic Of The Maldives
Biwater International Limited has signed a US$42 million water purchase agreement with Southern Utilities Limited to provide potable water to the Southern Province of the Republic of the Maldives.
The South Province includes the Seenu and Gnaviyani Atolls, which together have a current population of around 26,000. This figure is projected to increase to around 37,000 over the life of the contract.
Biwater will construct six seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants with a total production of 3,000 m³ per day and will design and construct the distribution system to enable storage and delivery of potable water to over 4,500 households. After the commissioning period, Biwater will operate and maintain the desalination plants for a period of 20 years.
In addition, Biwater will design and construct four new sewage treatment plants as well as a new sewer collection system to transport wastewater from households to the new treatment plants. Biwater will operate and maintain the sewage treatment system for the same 20 year period.