Kuwait to seek bank loan for wastewater project

$1.6 billion wastewater treatment project to be set up in Umm Al-Hayman

Image used for illustrative purpose. water treatment plant.

Image used for illustrative purpose. water treatment plant.

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18 December 2019

Kuwait is planning to borrow from banks to fund a $1.6 billion wastewater treatment project in Umm Al-Hayman on the Eastern flank of the Gulf emirate, newspapers in the OPEC member reported on Wednesday.

Loan agreements will be signed with a number of banks shortly and the project will be completed within 42 months, they said, quoting Bakhit Al-Rasheedi, chairman of the newly-created Umm Al-Hayman Wastewater Treatment Company.

Alseyassah and other local papers quoted Rasheedi as saying 50% of the project would be sold to the public after it is completed.

He said the plant has a capacity of 500,000 cubic metres (m3) per year, which is expandable to 700,000 m3.

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects, which is in charge of promoting joint public-private ventures, announced in late 2018 it has awarded Umm Al-Hayman contract to a German-Kuwaiti consortium comprising International Financial Advisors and WTE Wassertechnik GmbH Group.

The project consists of the construction of a new sewage treatment plant within the boundaries of the current Umm Al-Hayman purification plant located 50 kilometres south of the capital Kuwait City.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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