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Metito to develop Rwanda water treatment plant

UAE-based company signs $75mn contract for facility in Kigali.

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Metito has signed a concession agreement for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) worth $75mn with the government of Rwanda to develop a new, sustainable bulk water supply plant to meet 40% of the potable water needs of Kigali, the capital city.

The plant, which will take approximately two years to construct, will be located in Kanzenze in the South Eastern part of Kigali.

On completion the plant will supply 40,000 m3/d of treated groundwater, which will be extracted from the south bank of the Nyabarongo River.

It will supplement existing water supplies and meet Kigali’s growing water demands - a city with a population of over one million residents.

This is the first water concession contract of such scale awarded by the government of Rwanda, and the largest in terms of capacity and value in Sub Saharan Africa, outside of South Africa.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Hon. Germaine Kamayirese, minister of state in charge of energy, water and sanitation, said: “Rwanda is undergoing massive economic development, it is imperative that we have the infrastructure that can support the country’s ambitions.

“The implementation of this project is part of the Vision 2020 plan to keeping up with increased demand for clean water, while improving its quality.”

Mutaz Ghandour, Metito chairman and CEO, said: “We have successfully implemented projects under concession basis across a number of other markets but the strategic implications of this particular project make it truly special.

“We are genuinely honoured to be part of this sustainable and visionary project that will serve the people of Kigali today and for generations to come.”

Metito has established Kigali Water, a fully owned subsidiary, to manage the project and all future local projects.

Under the 27-year PPP arrangement, Metito will be responsible for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the treatment plant and infrastructure including transmission pipelines to three storage reservoirs of 7,500 m3; 5,000 m3; and 7,500 m3.

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