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Aboitiz, Keppel eye desalination plant in Cebu

Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc., the infrastructure arm of the Aboitiz Group, is teaming up with Singapore-based multinational technology partner Keppel Infrastructure to bring world-class water treatment technologies to the Philippines.

AIC said it submitted an unsolicited proposal to supply the Metro Cebu Water District with 30 million liters per day of desalinated bulk water. It plans to utilize Keppel Infrastructure’s expertise and technologies in building and operating a desalination plant in Cebu province where raw saltwater would be treated using the reverse osmosis water treatment technology to produce safe drinking water.

It said the proposed state-of-the-art reverse osmosis technology to treat raw seawater would help MCWD address water challenges by offering them a reliable and alternative water source that could provide sustainable, safe, and clean drinking water to more Cebuano residents.

“Aboitiz InfraCapital is eager to bring to Cebu this leading technology and world-class expertise to help address the city’s huge demand for clean, safe and sustainable drinking water. With this facility that is designed in such a way where technology is in harmony with the environment, we hope to provide Cebuanos better access to water to meet their present and future needs,” said AIC president and chief executive Cosette Canilao.

Both AIC and Keppel Infrastructure have proven track records for developing and running key water infrastructure solutions that benefit communities internationally.

AIC said it is committed to driving sustainability throughout its business as it pursues innovative infrastructure solutions that carefully take into account their impact to the environment. 

This is aligned with the Aboitiz Group’s Great Transformation journey and its goal of becoming the country’s first techglomerate.

AIC manages LIMA Water Corp., the water service provider of LIMA Estate, which is the leading mixed-use development located in Batangas province. 

The Davao City Water District also commissioned AIC to build and operate a bulk water supply project which would tap the Tamugan River as a surface water source that would run on renewable energy through a built-in hydroelectric power plant. 

Both projects will have a smart water network where the water facilities are interconnected and artificially intelligent allowing for better operational efficiency and savings as well as more responsible use of natural resources.

Keppel Infrastructure provides environmental solutions that contribute to sustainable development and climate action. It is behind the iconic and multi-awarded Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant, Singapore’s first large-scale, dual-mode plant that can treat seawater or rainwater drawn from the Marina Reservoir and produce up to 137 million liters of fresh drinking water daily. 

It supports Singapore’s water resilience amid volatile weather. With its treatment equipment situated underground allowing for a green rooftop for community recreation, KMEDP has been conferred numerous international awards including the 2021 Desalination Plant of the Year at the Global Water Awards for its innovative engineering design as well as its impressive architecture.

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