An unsolicited, joint proposal from FDC Utilities Inc., a subsidiary of the Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC) and Hitachi Aqua-Tech Engineering Pte. Ltd., to build three water desalination plants could be the Metropolitan Cebu Water District’s (MCWD) answer to water shortages in their franchise areas.
MCWD board of directors chairman Jose Daluz III recently announced the proposal’s go signal to begin construction in the cities of Cebu, Talisay, and Lapu-Lapu after the board granted the certificate of successful negotiation and original proponent status to the joint venture.
The large-scale desalination, or removal of salt from water to make it potable, that is set to take place at the three sites will be the first operation of its kind in the country.
Both the South Road Properties plant in Cebu City and the Marigondon plant in Lapu-Lapu City will be able to provide 30 million liters of water every day, while the Talisay City plant will supply 20 million liters.
With the desalination plants in operation, Carmen town’s 35 million liters utilized by Lapu-Lapu City, as well as the 15 million liters from Lusaran RIver that go to Cebu City, will be distributed to other MCWD franchise areas, increasing the overall water supply.
Due to the project’s nature as an unsolicited proposal, however, no bidding took place and therefore must be placed under a “Swiss Challenge” wherein other groups with better offers are given 60 days to submit a proposal before the MCWD awards the contract to FDC and Hitachi.
The joint project’s total project cost, and total cost per cubic meter upon operation, are yet to be announced.