Southeast Asia

Filinvest utility arm lands 25-year Metro Cebu water supply deal – Philippines

Gotianun-led Filinvest Development Corp.’s FDC Utilities Inc. (FDCUI) secured a 25-year bulk water supply deal with the Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD).

In a statement, FDCUI said its wholly-owned subsidiary, FDC Water Utilities Inc., was given a notice of award by the MCWD for its unsolicited proposal to put up desalination plants to supply potable water to Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Talisay City.

FDCUI added that FDC Water Utilities obtained the deal following its success in the competitive challenge process as prescribed by the 2013 National Economic and Development Authority Joint Venture Guidelines between government and private entities that allow third parties to submit comparative proposals.


MCWD eyes Mangasang Falls as water source – Philippines

THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) is now searching for water sources aside from pursuing the construction of desalination plants in Metro Cebu.

This hunt for water supply led MCWD chairman Jose Daluz III and directors Francisco “Frank” Malilong Jr., Miguelito Pato and Judelyn Mae Seno to visit Mangasang Falls in the mountain barangay of Tagbao, Cebu City on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Mangasang Falls could supply 200,000 cubic meters of water per day in the rainy season, and 2,000 cubic meters of water per day in the dry season.


MCWD guarantee: No water rate hike before 2024 – Philippines

THERE will be no increase in water rates until consumers really feel the abundance of the water supplied to them by the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).

The assurance came from MCWD as it begins to enter into water desalination projects with private companies. “Considering that desalination is expensive, that will have an effect on the price.

We expect that there will be an increase, but our direction is we will not increase water rates if the consumers cannot feel there is enough water,” said MCWD’s acting corporate planning department manager John Neville Macabenta in a mix of English and Cebuano.


MCWD to hike rates once supply is available – Philippines

THE increase in water rates will only be imposed once the consumers feel water supply is available.

This was what the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) assured its consumers as it enters into a water desalination project with FDC Utilities Inc., a subsidiary of Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC).

John Neville Macabenta, MCWD’s acting corporate planning department manager, said the FDC targets to start the distribution of desalinated water by next year.

China issues 5-year action plan for seawater desalination – China

China has issued an action plan for seawater desalination utilization development over the next five years, according to China Science Daily on Friday.

The action plan, jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Natural Resources, is expected to promote the large-scale utilization of seawater desalination and ensure the safety of water resources in coastal areas.

China’s seawater desalination scale will exceed 2.9 million tonnes per day by 2025, an increase of more than 1.25 million tonnes per day, according to the action plan.


China makes desalination push to ease water scarcity – China

China will invest in new desalination plants over the 2021-2025 period and raise capacity to 2.9 million tonnes a day in a bid to boost water supplies, the country’s state planning agency said in a new “five-year plan” for the sector.

As much as 1.25 million tonnes per day of new capacity will be commissioned over the period, including 1.05 million tonnes in coastal cities and 200,000 tonnes in “island regions,” the National Development and Reform Commission said on Wednesday.

Demonstration seawater desalination projects will be built in the provinces of Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong and Zhejiang as well as the city of Tianjin.


Desalination plant on Mavulis Island in Batanes goes online – Philippines

A water desalination and purification system went online this week and will provide drinking water to soldiers manning Mavulis Island in the Batanes town of Itbayat, one of the country’s northernmost municipalities.

Governor Marilou Cayco said she joined Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when he ceremonially switched on the facility that would provide a steady and sustainable source of drinking water for the military troops stationed in Mavulis Island.

Mavulis Island is manned by a Marine unit of the Naval Forces Northern Luzon and members of the Marine Informant Network (MIN).

Desalination plant constructed in PH’s northernmost military outpost – Philippines

A desalination plan system, which could produce 1,500 gallons of potable water everyday, has been constructed in the Philippines’ northernmost outpost, Mavulis Island in Batanes.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the inauguration of a desalination plant system which he said was completed partnership of the AFP’s Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) and the AFP Savings and Loan Association Incorporated (AFPSLAI).

More than P3 million was spent for the desalination plant’s construction. The process involves removing salts from saline water like seawater.


Singapore invests in energy-efficient water desalination – Singapore

A new grant issued by Singapore’s National Water Agency, PUB, will help the country to improve energy efficiency and ensure reliable and flexible water desalination processes.

On behalf of the National Research Foundation, PUB has issued a $1.3 million grant to technology firm DuPont to determine how Closed Circuit Reverse Osmosis (CCRO) technology can be applied to desalination processes to make the purification of seawater more energy-efficient, flexible and reliable.

The development follows DuPont obtaining CCRO process technology with the acquisition of Desalitech Ltd. in January 2020.


Marina East’s new desalination plant can produce 30 million gallons of fresh drinking water daily – Singapore

The plant can produce 30 million gallons of potable water daily, meeting 7 per cent of our daily demand.

This is also the first desalination plant that can treat both seawater and rainwater.

During dry periods, this plant will treat freshwater from Marina Reservoir which is less energy-intensive than treating seawater. This is also more cost-saving.