Keppel wins second water treatment project in Algeria in two months

Sept. 11, 2007
Keppel Seghers, the environmental technology division of Keppel Group, has secured a S$22 million contract to design, build and operate a wastewater treatment and reuse plant for the city of Ain Beida, Oum-El-Bouaghi province, Algeria. Awarded by Direction Hydraulique de Wilaya (DHW) Oum-El-Bouaghi, Keppel Seghers will design the plant and operate it for two years. In addition, Keppel Seghers will provide a fully integrated wastewater treatment installation including wastewater pre-treatment...

SINGAPORE, Sept. 3, 2007 -- Keppel Seghers, the environmental technology division of Keppel Group, has secured a S$22 million contract to design, build and operate a wastewater treatment and reuse plant for the city of Ain Beida, Oum-El-Bouaghi province, Algeria.

Awarded by Direction Hydraulique de Wilaya (DHW) Oum-El-Bouaghi, Keppel Seghers will design the plant and operate it for two years. In addition, Keppel Seghers will provide a fully integrated wastewater treatment installation including wastewater pre-treatment, an activated sludge unit, as well as a settling and disinfection unit. Keppel Seghers' partner for this project is Hydro-Technique, a major civil water works company in Algeria.

When completed in 2009, the plant will be able to treat 25,260m³/day of wastewater, catering to a population of 210,000 people. The treated wastewater will be used for irrigation purposes.

This contract follows another contract Keppel Seghers secured in Algeria in July to design and build a wastewater treatment and reuse plant of similar capacity in Laghouat province and operate it for two years. The treated wastewater will also be used for irrigation purposes.

Chua Chee Wui, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Integrated Engineering, said, "This is the sixth water project that Keppel Seghers has secured in Algeria. The Algerian market is strategic for Keppel; our experience and expertise in wastewater treatment and water reuse are particularly suited to offer solutions to address the water scarcity issues in Algeria."

Said Werner Van Peteghem, Business Manager for Water Technologies in Keppel Seghers, "Rapid population and economic growth is driving the need for water and wastewater treatment and reuse in Algeria. Together with local partners like Hydro-Technique, Keppel intends to actively participate in the upcoming opportunities in Algeria.

"As a leading solutions provider for water and solid waste treatment technology with a global footprint in 25 countries, Keppel Seghers is well positioned to provide its expertise in EPC services and operation & maintenance for large water treatment projects to our customers in Algeria and the rest of the Maghreb countries and the Middle East. We will continue to strengthen our presence in this region."

Keppel has been active in the Maghreb countries and the Middle East for several years, having completed over 30 water treatment projects in Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey.

In October 2006, Keppel was awarded design, build, operate and maintain contracts for the first integrated solid waste management facility in the Middle East by the Qatar Government.

The aforementioned contract is not expected to have any significant impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of Keppel Corporation Limited for the financial year ending 31 December 2007.

Keppel Integrated Engineering (KIE) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation.

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