Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Water utility signs deal for plant facelift

Water utility signs deal for plant facelift

Water utility signs deal for plant facelift

The capital’s listed water utility, Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA), signed a construction deal yesterday with France’s Vinci Constructions Grands Projects to renovate the Chamkarmon Water Treatment Plan and enlarge its water production capacity from 20,000 cubic metres per day to 52,000 cubic metres.

The total cost of the project is about $23.5 million, with the construction work to be carried out by Vinci, according to project manager Benoit Chambost. Construction activity will start in September and is expected to be completed in two years.

“First we have to demolish the old facility, which will begin in the middle of September and then we hope to begin construction by the 20th,” he said yesterday.

Chambost added that the project was being funded 60 percent by concessional loan from the French Agency for Development (AFD), with PPWSA covering most of the remaining costs.

This is the second water project PPWSA has awarded to Vinci, after the French firm successfully bid on the second phase of the Niroth 2 water treatment plant on the southern outskirts of Phnom Penh in 2014.

Ros Kimleang, chief of PPWSA’s accounting and financial department, said the expansion is needed to ensure adequate supply of water as consumption increases rapidly in Phnom Penh in tangent with its rising population.

“The Chamkarmon Water Treatment Plan will become a significant part of our company’s production of water to supply to our consumers,” he said, adding that its existing water treatment facilities are operating nearly at full capacity.

PPWSA currently has capacity to produce about 600,000 cubic metres of clean water per day, but plans to increase this to 1 billion cubic metres per day by 2025. The utility has 330,000 customers while water distribution network of over 3,000 kilometres.

MOST VIEWED

  • South Korea’s first lady brings hope to ill boy

    South Korea’s first lady Kim Keon-hee – wife of current president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol – met with a 14-year-boy with congenital heart disease during her trip to the Kingdom for the ASEAN Summit. After their meeting it was announced that the

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol