Signing Ceremony Between The Government Of Malaysia And Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited For The Construction Of Pantai 2 Sewage Treatment Plant, Federal Territory Of Kuala Lumpur
YB DATO’ SRI PETER CHIN FAH KUI,
MINISTER OF ENERGY, GREEN TECHNOLOGY AND WATER MALAYSIA
SIGNING CEREMONY BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA
BEIJING ENTERPRISES WATER GROUP LIMITED
FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PANTAI 2 SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT,
FEDERAL TERRITORY OF KUALA LUMPUR
DEWAN PUSAT KOMUNITI BUKIT BANDARAYA, KUALA LUMPUR
THURSDAY, 3rd NOVEMBER 2011, 11.00 AM
His Excellency Mr. Chai Xi
Ambassador of The People’s Republic of China to Malaysia
YB Dato’ Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin
Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing
Y.Bhg Datuk Loo Took Gee
Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water
Mr. Zhang Honghai
Chairman and Executive Director
Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited (BEWG)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. On behalf of the Malaysian Government, let me extend a warm welcome to our distinguished guests from the People’s Republic of China, representatives from the Ministry of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as central agencies and all who are present today.
2. Today marks yet another important milestone in our long partnership with the Government of People’s Republic of China with the signing of the Project Contract for the Pantai 2 Sewage Treatment Plant. I am very delighted that this signing ceremony is being held right after two weeks from the 8th China-Asean Expo in Nanning, China where Malaysia had been named Country of Honour. I see this event as a continuation of the Malaysian Government’s continuing collaboration with our largest trading partner.
3. The construction of the Pantai 2 Sewage Treatment Plant Project will be managed by the Sewerage Services Department, an agency under my Ministry with a budget of RM983 million. This project will complement the Government’s Greater KL/Klang Valley initiatives towards improving the quality of the Klang River and therefore contribute towards making Kuala Lumpur a clean, liveable and vibrant City. The provision of this new treatment plant will definitely cater to the sewerage treatment needs of the 1.8 million residents within the Greater KL/Klang Valley until the year 2035.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
4. By way of background, let me briefly inform that the construction of the Pantai 2 Sewage Treatment Plant was awarded to Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited ("BEWG") on a design & build basis following the Signing of MOU on co-operation in the sewerage services industry between the Malaysian Government and Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited of China which was signed on 11 November 2009. It was further agreed that the new sewage treatment plant will have a capacity of 1.423 million population equivalent (P.E) or equal to 320,000 cubic meter per day. This sewerage plant would treat the sewage generated from an area which borders Bandar Baru Sentul, Kuala Lumpur Central Business District, Bangsar, Bukit Kiara Recreational Areas, Seputeh, Kerinci and Old Klang Road.
5. The Pantai 2 Sewage Treatment Plant will be built underground and furnished by leisure parks, sports facilities and community centre on top of it. By using the advanced A2O system, the space required for the new sewerage treatment plant will be reduced by 50% of the size required for a conventional treatment system using extended aeration. The open space allocated for sport facilities will include a football field, sepak takraw court, basketball court, tennis court, 4 numbers of futsal courts, jogging track with a complete set of exercise equipment and a volley ball court.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
6. I am pleased to note that this will be the first big scale sewerage plant in Malaysia with the application of green technology initiatives such as:-
- effluent reuse and rain-harvesting system;
- utilization of solar power for street lighting;
- biogas utilization (waste to energy facilities); and
- treated effluent reuse for air-conditioning usage.
7. We believe that international collaboration across the wide spectrum of green technology will be mutually beneficial to all of us. And in this case, with the help of BEWG, we are moving forward in our agenda to become a low carbon economy, in line with our national aspirations and commitment to reduce our carbon intensity by 40% by year 2020 as announced at the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.
8. BEWG, a company listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, is a large-scale group which has its own competitive advantage in the water supply industry in mainland China. With the second ranking among the "Top Ten Influential Enterprises in the Water Industry in China" in 2009, BEWG has strategically positioned itself as a "leading integrated water system solution provider". By the end of 2010, BEWG had owned and operated over 70 water supply plants and water sewerage treatment plants in Beijing, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Shandong, Anhui, Hunan, Sichuan, Guangxi, Hainan, Guizhou and Yunnan provinces and northern east region with actual water treatment capacity over 7,000,000 cubic meters per day. With such an impressive track record, my Ministry has full confidence in BEWG’s capability as an implementing agency due to its record in carrying out such projects in the past through sustainable environmental management.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
9. Proper and complete sewerage coverage is a pre-requisite for a country’s development. Without a complete sewerage service, nations will not be able to prosper in terms of economic growth and social stability. We would like to once again thank the Government of People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Finance Malaysia for making this project possible and for the continuous support to Malaysia in our development effort. This win-win formula must be extended to other areas of cooperation where Malaysia can contribute significantly. I hope the results of this collaboration will also pave the way for more foreign direct investments and foster greater economic development which will benefit the people of Malaysia.
10. Lastly, I would like to extend my gratitude to YB Dato’ Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, the Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing and His Excellency Ambassador Chai Xi, Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Malaysia who have graciously agreed to join us for this contract signing ceremony today.