KUALA LUMPUR (June 29) : The tender for the first phase of the Rasau water treatment plant will close in August and September this year, said Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) head of operations Ir. Abas Abdullah.

The first phase of the water treatment plant valued at about RM4 billion, is to build a 700 million litre a day (MLD) treatment plant. The second phase of the works will double the capacity to 1,400 MLD a day and the work is expected to complete by 2025.

The new water treatment capacity is meant to address the current low reserve margin (average margin is 11%) and Air Selangor is targeting to achieve a reserve margin of 15% by 2030.

In a virtual media briefing today, Abas said the company has issued three tender packages for the water treatment work last month.

Meanwhile, Air Selangor chief executive officer Suhaimi Kamaralzaman said Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) has approved a capital expenditure (CAPEX) of RM5.09 billion for the first operating period based on Air Selangor's 30:35 Business Plan in November 2020 for the implementation of sustainable water supply management strategic plans and initiatives.

In today’s briefing, he also shared the key performance highlights by Air Selangor in 2020, including its efforts in reducing the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) rate.

According to him, Air Selangor has managed to reduce the NRW to 28.53% last year from 29.7% in 2019, surpassing SPAN's standard of 29.2%.

“We aimed to consistently reduce the non-revenue water rate over the years and hopefully to achieve 15% by 2049,” Suhaimi adds. 

In terms of financial performance, Air Selangor has recorded a revenue of RM2.18 billion, an increase of 3.62% from RM2.1 million in 2019.

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