MPDT Capital Berhad wants to build a RM1 billion desalination plant in Penang that can make 250 million litres per day (MLD) of potable water from seawater.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Nik Zamri Abdul Majid said the company is proposing to set up the plant on a concrete deck above the sea near the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge.

“Our proposal is to provide desalinated water to the state free without capital expenditure but of course, with concession and other terms and conditions,” he said in a press conference this morning after the groundbreaking ceremony of a desalination plant at MPDT Tanjung City in Weld Quay here.