Bahrain wastewater treatment plant to reopen after ownership change

Following a financial dispute and subsequent closure, the Riffa Views wastewater treatment plant in Bahrain will reopen...

20151110 114614

20151110 114614

Following a financial dispute and subsequent closure, the Riffa Views wastewatertreatment plant (WWTP) in Bahrain will reopen.

An agreement has been reached to transfer ownership of the project from Metito subsidiary Views Water to RV Real Estate Company.

It was in February when previous operator Metito said it would shutdown treatment operations and that it had been “forced to make the difficult decision to stop receiving and treating sewage at the plant, in preparation for the demobilisation”.

The WWTP was designed to service the Riffa Views, the Royal Golf Club and AlWali communities in Bahrain.

Earlier this year Metito said: “The continued default on payments by the Riffa Views and the Royal Golf Club management company and the failure to secure a new workable agreement, means that the significant losses incurred by Metito, in continuing to manage the plant, have become unsustainable."

Following the transfer of ownership, the plant will now be the sole responsibility of the Riffa Views Real Estate Company.

Operations at the plant are set to begin immediately and will commence with the recommissioning of the plant. It is expected that the plant will be fully operational within the next three to four weeks.

Walid Madwar, general manager at Views Water, said: “Views Water had been supporting the local community at Riffa Views since 2005, so the decision to stop operations at the plant was extremely difficult and wasn’t taken lightly.

“However, everyone connected with Views Water is delighted that a workable solution has finally been agreed by all parties and that operations at the plant can now resume. The residents of Riffa Views can once again look forward to having the level of wastewater treatment services their community deserves."

Dr Abdulmajeed Alawadhi, chairman of the Riffa Views Owners Association, said: “With this agreement, I can assure them that they can look forward to uninterrupted wastewater treatment services and a community free of the of the wastewater trucks that have been a blight on our wonderful community.”

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