Group looking forward to expand its international footprint
PETALING JAYA: Ranhill Holdings Bhd has commenced the operations of its new reclamation water treatment plant and is now looking forward to expand its international footprint.
The plant, which is located at the Amata City Rayong Industrial Estate, is capable of processing seven million litres per day (MLD).
It is a build, operate and transfer (BOT) project with a 20-year concession agreement signed between Ranhill’s indirect subsidiary AnuRAK Water Treatment Facilities Co Ltd and Amata Water Co Ltd in March last year.
Ranhill Group president and chief executive Tan Sri Hamdan Mohamad said water reclamation is a growing component of its environment business overseas.
“Reclaimed or recycled water as an alternative water source can efficiently meet the growing industrial demand as the volume of wastewater discharge increases.
“We see tremendous prospects in Thailand especially with the Thai government’s focus on regulating the water sector and continued growth expected in industrial projects in the Eastern Seaboard region, viewed by the World Bank as one of the most successful sites for massive industrial developments,” he said in a statement.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail officiated at the opening of the plant in Bangkok yesterday. Also present were the Malaysian ambassador to Thailand Datuk Jojie Samuel, Hamdan and Amata Water managing director Chuchat Saitin.
The completion of the BOT project brings the group’s investment in water treatment, wastewater treatment and water reclamation plants in Thailand to 992 million baht (RM129.2mil), capable of generating water, waste water and reclaim water sales of over 4.1 billion baht (RM534.1mil) throughout the concession period.
With 10 water treatment, wastewater treatment and water reclamation plants in operations, Ranhill’s total water treatment aggregate capacity in Thailand now stands at 114 MLD.
The Amata City Rayong and Amata City Chonburi Parks are spread over 7,033 ha of prime industrial land, making Amata one of the largest industrial park developers in Thailand.
Ranhill Group is also set to expand its international footprint in the long-term, with Thailand being one of its two primary markets, alongside China.
“We are targeting to increase our capacity in Thailand to 174 MLD by 2022 by securing more water and wastewater projects from major industrial parks like Amata.
“Our plants have gained a stellar reputation for meeting the standards set by local authorities and for efficient, technology driven, cost-effective water management.
“Given our expertise, track record and sustainable practices, clearly there are opportunities to be tapped in water and wastewater management in Thailand,” said Hamdan.