Isla Mactan-Cordova Corp. (IMCC), a unit of publicly-listed Vivant Corp., said it will complete its P2-billion utility-scale seawater desalination project in Cordova, Mactan in Cebu by the end of the year.
The desalination plant, which can generate 20 million liters a day of potable water in the first phase, will be operated and managed by IMCC, a subsidiary of Vivant Hydrocore Holdings Inc.
IMCC has been awarded a 25-year contract to supply desalinated water to the Metropolitan Cebu Water District.
Jess Anthony Garcia, IMCC president and CEO, said the 20 million liters a day is equivalent to the average daily consumption of 20,000 Filipino households.
He said the generation capacity of the plant, which is expected to begin commercial operations early next year, can be expanded to 50 million liters a day.
The project, which is 70 percent complete, will begin installing key components for the seawater reverse osmosis technology, he said.
Reverse osmosis is a globally utilized technology to remove salt from the seawater and produce drinking water. The project aims to address the gap between water demand and supply while allowing severely extracted groundwater aquifers to replenish naturally.
Plant construction on the project site which was provided through a partnership with the Cordova government, is being undertaken by Watermatic Philippines, a joint venture company of Vivant and WaterMatic International of Israel.
Israel is a world leader in water production, conservation and technology.
The project was lauded by two senators who described the desalination plant as a step towards a water-secure Philippines, stressing that access to safe and reliable water is an inalienable human right.
In his speech during the ceremonial equipment installation at the Vivant group-led seawater desalination project in Cebu, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said that by ensuring uninterrupted access to safe and potable water, the future plant will be instrumental in helping Mactan’s continued growth and development while addressing insufficient access to drinking water.
“No household should have to suffer the indignity of unclean water, and the risk of illness and hospital expenses that comes with it,” Zubiri said.
Senator Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel said she hopes that the future seawater desalination plant will reduce the health risks among Cebuanos which are associated with unclean and inadequate water supply. “Our communities, and cities, and municipalities like Cordova need clean and sufficient water supplies to ensure that they will continue to be livable and nurturing spaces.”