AST awarded €11 million tender for Hondoq reverse osmosis project
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AST – Clean Water Technologies has been awarded the tender for the development of a reverse osmosis in Hondoq, Gozo, at a total value of €11 million including VAT, the Water Services Corporation has said today.
The SWC said that AST has a worldwide presence with headquarters in Israel. It worked on projects in Europe, China, the USA, South America, Africa and elsewhere.
Its solutions are also supported by multinational cooperation of R&D centres based in Israel, Europe and the USA.
The project in Hondoq received the green light from the Planning Authority on the 27th of September and works will start as soon as possible after the required contracts are signed in the coming weeks.
The Reverse Osmosis will have the capacity to produce 9,000 cubic meters of fresh high quality water per day. Gozo has so far predominantly depended on Ground Water and on a submarine pipeline from Malta, said the WSC.
This investment will offer the island of Gozo a secure supply, drastically improved quality, while ensuring the sustainability of the island’s water table. The WSC explained that the plant reaches impressive efficiency levels using just 3.1kwhr per meter cubed produced at a production cost of around 0.40c.
Richard Bilocca the WSC CEO explained how through this €11 mion investment “the water supply in Gozo will be second to none, in terms of quality; security; efficiency; and sustainability.”
“From day one upon completion, Gozitans, and the increasing number of visitors to the Island of Gozo will start benefiting from an improved service,” he added.
He also thanked the Corporation’s workers for their incessant work, part of WSC’s global project over 200 tenders are in preparation with over half of which already adjudicated.
The WSC said that another important link in this comprehensive project is the distribution of New Water.
The Corporation has three plants that are recycling water to exceptional quality and channelling it for agricultural use. Two of these plants have been inaugurated in the past months and these are now being complemented with a more robust and intensive network.