Hawkes Bay plant still awaiting go-ahead

Though it has signed a contract in June with the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board, Norwegian supplier Aqualyng is still waiting for official steps by the Sindh Provincial Government before it can start the 114,000 m³/d Hawkes Bay reverse-osmosis plant which will supply potable water for Karachi.

The current political situation in Pakistan has delayed the implementation of the project, but Aqualyng CEO Eric Jankel is optimistic: “We remain hopeful that resolution will come soon and then the steps to financial close can restart,” he told D&WR.

The agreement includes a dedicated power plant and distribution piping, and will be completed in 24 months. There is an option to increase capacity to 228,000 m³/day.

The contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the new cogeneration and desalination plant was awarded to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) on a full turn-key basis and was also signed in June.