Keppel Seghers, the environmental technology division of Keppel Integrated Engineering (KIE), has secured a US $4.75 million contract to design, build and operate a wastewater treatment plant in Laghouat province, Algeria.
Awarded by the National Environment Organisation of Algeria (ONA), Keppel Seghers will design the plant and operate it for two years, and will provide a fully integrated wastewater treatment installation, including wastewater pre-treatment, an activated sludge unit, as well as a settling and disinfection unit.
When completed at the end of 2008, the plant will be able to treat 26 700 m³ per day of wastewater, generated by 167 000 people. The effluent will be used for irrigation.
Chua Chee Wui, chief executive officer of KIE, said, "This is the fifth water project that Keppel Seghers has secured in Algeria. Our track record affirms Keppel Seghers' strategic focus and commitment to the Algerian market. We plan to continue to strengthen our presence in this region."
The Algerian government has the task of increasing water resources to meet local industrial, municipal and agricultural needs. It is estimated that Algeria's current sources of water are in the region of 5 billion m³ per year, while local need exceeds 15-20 billion m³, of which 70% is allocated to agriculture.
Rapid increase of population and economic activities mean the volume of sewage water produced is forecast to grow to 1.2 billion m³ per year by 2020.
The government has a five-year plan to build new plants and upgrade existing ones to treat the wastewater between 2010 and 2015.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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