4 March 2011


Historical Karachi Led News: The City District Government Karachi signed an agreement in 2007 with a Norwegian corporation to set up a seawater desalination plant at Hawkesbay, in Norway. The plant is expected to be completed within the next two years from its positive start date and will produce over 25 million gallons of fresh clean water per day (mgd). The estimated cost is $200 million Dollars and it will be built on a build-own-operate basis.

The opening ceremony to mark this positive movement was held at a local hotel and attended by Aqualyng Chairman BerntOsthus, CEO Eric Jankel, Aqualyng Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd CEO Sheikh Umar Farooq, City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal, KWSB MD GhulamArif and EDOs and other city government officials. The agreement was duly noted and signed by GhulamArif and Sheikh Umar Farooq. A great and positive move for water in the region.

The city government officials had signed anMoU (memorandum of understanding) on April 28, and announced that a new desalination plant would be set up in Korangi to meet the growing water needs of the Korangi Industrial Area. The project management and investing firm decided to choose a location in Hawkesbay after they conducted a study.

“The Sindh Government had allocated 100 acres of land for this purpose and the work on the project has started,” said Mustafa Kamal. He said that today is a great and historical day for the city government and the citizens. “The production will eventually increase to 50 mgd and the city government will fully cooperate with the Norwegian firm to set up this plant in the city,” he said.

BerntOsthus had earlier indicated that he appreciated the cooperation being extended by the city government and other agencies. “The firm has vast experience in this sector and is already working in seven countries around the world. But the desalination plant in Karachi, to be completed in December 2009, will be one of the biggest plants in the world producing 50 mgd of water,” he said.

Bernt also mentioned that they would use state-of-the-art generation technology in this plant and the water produced would positively meet World Health Organization standards. The water will be supplied through an 18-kilometer-long pipeline from Hawkesbay to the Site area, where hundreds of industries, factories and commerce will greatly benefit, he added. “A power plant is also going to be established by the firm, at its own cost, to provide a supply of electricity to the plant,” he said.

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