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Manila Water Appoints Black & Veatch to Advance Water Infrastructure as Part of Extensive Capital Investment Program

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Manila Water is looking to significantly increase capital spending in the 2018-2027 period to improve water sustainability. The investment will focus on developing water and wastewater infrastructure with the aim of improving services and creating more sustainable living conditions for the people of eastern Metropolitan Manila.

Black & Veatch, in consortium with local consultant DCCD Engineering, has been selected as one of two consultant teams under a five-year Consultancy Services Framework Agreement to assist Manila Water in more efficient delivery of multiple projects.

“Framework agreements are relatively uncommon in Southeast Asia and underline Manila Water’s advanced thinking and strong commitment to delivering world-class infrastructure against ambitious schedules. Blending Black & Veatch’s global and regional technical knowledge and experience together with DCCD‘s local expertise will create next-generation solutions for Manila Water to meet both its capital and operational expectations,” said William Yong, Vice President and Managing Director, Black & Veatch Southeast Asia.

He adds that the long-term continuity of the Framework Agreement will help the team understand Manila Water’s challenges more thoroughly, integrate with Manila Water in project development at the earliest stages and, in turn, create efficient and effectively-delivered solutions.

“The Consultancy Services Framework Agreement will reduce overall project duration through the elimination of repetitive consultancy tender process and enable us to work collaboratively with pre-selected consultants. In addition to continuity and consistency of the consultant’s deliverables, this will keep us on-task to further improve the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure and run it in the most cost-efficient manner,” said Maidy Lynne Quinto, Group Director for Corporate Project Management, Manila Water.

Across multiple projects under the Framework, Black & Veatch’s and DCCD’s scope will cover feasibility studies, design, procurement and construction supervision.

Black & Veatch first worked in the Philippines in 1967 on a Sewerage Master Plan for the Manila Metropolitan Area commissioned by the World Health Organization.

The Consultancy Framework Signing Ceremony took place on April 12, 2018.

Manila Water is the water and wastewater concessionaire for the eastern half of Metropolitan Manila in the Philippines. The East Zone catchment covers 1,400 km2, 24 cities and a population of 6.6 million.

Black & Veatch has been providing infrastructure solutions in the Philippines for more than 50 years across the power, water and oil & gas sectors. Through greenfield sites alone, we have worked on more than 3,000 megawatts (MW) of power generation. This includes roles in what was the largest Build-Own-Transfer project in Philippines in the 1990s, Pagbilao Power Plant Stations 1 and 2. More recently, we led an EPC consortium to deliver Therma South 2 x 150 MW circulating fluidized bed (CFB) Power Plant in 2015, which resulted in significantly reducing rolling blackouts in Mindanao. As an owner’s engineer, we are currently involved in power generation projects throughout the Philippines totalling over 1,000 MW.

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