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France to provide $100 million for water pumping station project

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French Ambassador Eva Nguyen Binh shakes hands with Finance Minister Aun Pornmoniroth. Finance Ministry

The French government through the Agence Francaise de Development is providing more than $100 million in additional loans for the construction of a water pumping station at the Bakheng Clean Water Treatment Plant.

The loan agreement was last week signed between Finance Minister Aun Pornmoniroth, and Ophille Bourhis, AFD director to Cambodia at the ministry.

The French government will provide about $101.4 million to build the pumping station under the project.

A ministry press release issued yesterday said the loan was a continuation of funding aid provided for the project which started in November.

“These funds will be used to build a water pumping station with a capacity of producing 195,000 cubic metres per day, to equip the main pipelines, distribute pipelines and other materials for equipping pipelines,” the ministry noted.

The ministry added that the money will also be used to improve the capacity of Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority officials on procurement and water system instalment control.

On November 15, PPWSA announced it had signed an agreement with Vinci Construction Grands Projects to build the Bakheng Clean Water Treatment Plant.

It noted that the first phase of the project cost $156 million, which was financed by a subsidiary loan from the Finance Ministry, AFD funding and the European Investment Bank totalling $136 million, while $20 million was from PPWSA.

Construction began in late November and is expected to be completed by late 2022.

“The construction project aims to supply water to Morodok Techo National Stadium located in Russey Keo district’s Prek Tasek commune and meet the water demands of residents living in the West of Phnom Penh that is in line with Water Supply Policy of the Cambodian government,” PPWSA noted.

The Finance Ministry stated that the project is in line with the government’s efforts to further develop urban infrastructure through the expansion of water supply capacity and water system instalment control.

According to a recent survey, the demand for clean water in Phnom Penh will reach 900,000 cubic metres per day by 2025 and increase to one million cubic metres per day by 2030.

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