Southeast Asia

MPDT Capital moots RM1b desalination plant in Penang to process seawater into potable water – Malaysia

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.


Acciona eyes $12 billion pipeline projects in Philippines – Philippines

Spanish infrastructure and energy conglomerate Acciona is setting its sights on at least $12 billion worth of projects in the Philippines to add to its around $2 billion worth of awarded contracts so far.

Acciona regional director for the Philippines and Southeast Asia Ruben Camba told The STAR in an interview that the company has identified a pipeline of water, construction, and concession projects in the region worth around $25 billion, which the company is interested in.

He said 50 percent of the $25 billion projects are coming from the Philippines.



Veolia Water Technologies, a subsidiary of the Veolia group and specialist in water treatment, announces the Asia Pacific launch of the Barrel, an integrated plug-and-play reverse osmosis (RO) technology.

The Barrel will be showcased at the upcoming CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (18-21 April) and OzWater 2022 trade exhibition in Brisbane, Australia (10-12 May).

With increasing demand for fresh water and rising concerns over scarcity in the region, the Barrel meets the challenges and expectations of the desalination market while producing fresh water complying with all water quality standards.


Tuas Power-ST Engineering Consortium and PUB open Singapore’s fifth desalination plant – Singapore

The consortium of Tuas Power and ST Engineering, along with PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, have officially opened Singapore’s fifth desalination plant located on Jurong Island. Jurong Island Desalination Plant (JIDP) has a daily capacity of up to 137,000 cubic metres (about 30 million gallons) – the equivalent of 55 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water.

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies Heng Swee Keat was the Guest of Honour at the ceremony, held at the start of the Singapore International Water Week 2022.

Alongside him to open JIDP were Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu, PUB Chief Executive Ng Joo Hee, Tuas Power President & CEO Jiang Hanbin and ST Engineering’s President for Marine Ng Sing Chan.


Singapore officially opens fifth desalination plant – Singapore

Singapore on Sunday (April 17) officially opened the country’s fifth desalination plant, which is about 5 per cent more energy efficient than conventional desalination plants.

Due to its co-location with an existing power plant, the Jurong Island Desalination Plant can save about 5,000 megawatt hours per year, equivalent to the annual power needs of nearly 1,000 Housing and Development Board households.

The new facility, which has been operational since earlier this month, was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu on Sunday.


Remote village in Dinagat gets desalination equipment – Philippines

A solar-powered desalination equipment is now in use in a remote village in Dinagat town in the province of Dinagat Islands, the Department of Trade and Industry – Caraga (DTI-13) said Thursday.

In a statement, the DTI-13 said the desalination equipment will address the problem of safe and potable water in Barangay Cab-ilan, one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Odette in December last year.

Through the assistance of DTI-13, the desalination equipment was set up and launched on Wednesday in the village.


Barka Desalination Company to launch IPO – Oman

Barka Desalination Company (BDC), owner of Oman’s largest operating water desalination plant Barka IWP, announced its intention to launch its initial public offering (IPO).

The company will offer 40 per cent of its share capital to the public through an IPO. Accordingly, BDC will offer 30,208,800 shares to the public through listing on the Muscat Stock Exchange (MSX).

As anchor investors in the IPO, National Power & Water Co (an investment arm of Bahwan Engineering Group), and Bank Muscat have committed to invest upto 10 per cent of the IPO at 145bz per share i.e. the highest end of the IPO price range.


Oman desalination plant operator set to launch IPO – Oman

Barka Desalination Company, owner of Oman’s largest operating water desalination plant, has announced its intention to launch an initial public offering (IPO).

The company said it will offer 40 percent of its share capital to the public through an IPO. BDC will offer 30,208,800 shares through a listing on Muscat Stock Exchange (MSX).

As anchor investors in the IPO, National Power & Water Co, an investment arm of Bahwan Engineering Group, and Bank Muscat have committed to invest upto 10 percent of the IPO.


Beijing looking toward Maldives, Horn of Africa – China

China and the Maldives have stepped up cooperation across a wide range of areas following a meeting between State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid in the Maldives capital, Male, on Saturday.

During their talks, the two foreign ministers agreed to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation and communication, jointly uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, oppose interference in the domestic affairs of other countries and safeguard international fairness and justice.

They witnessed the signing of a number of agreements on bilateral cooperation including the right to visit each other’s countries without first obtaining a visa. Under the agreement, Chinese and Maldivian citizens will be entitled to a 30-day visa upon arrival in the other country. The Maldives is a very popular tourist destination for Chinese people.


Filinvest provides free potable water to Typhoon Odette victims in Cebu – Philippines

Filinvest Land, through its Pusong Filinvest disaster relief program, distributed free potable water to families affected by TY Odette in Cebu.

The distribution was done in coordination with the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management offices of Lapu Lapu City, Talisay City, and Cebu City.

The heavy rainfall and strong winds carried by Typhoon Odette brought severe devastation to Cebu cutting off access to water and power.