The Beijing-based China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) on 6 December 2014 launched the mega water supply project in Sri Lanka to construct a water supply system in Gampaha district.
The project was launched with the foundational laying of pipe by Sri Lankan Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa in the town of Mahara. This 230 million US dollars water supply project is the largest ever project undertaken by the Sri Lankan government.
Once completed, the project will provide clean drinking water to about 600000 people in 42 villages scattered around the region.
Highlights of the project
• CMEC will be responsible for the design, procurement, civil engineering, installation, commissioning and other tasks of the project.
• Exim Bank of China is financing the project with a 20-year 229.5 million US dollars loan.
• The Sri Lankan government is providing an estimated 20 million US dollars for the implementation of the project.
• During the 36-month project, CMEC will build a water treatment plant with a supply capacity of 54000 cubic meters a day and a new water intake volume of 85000 cubic meters per day.
The CMEC in May 2013 entered into a master contract with the National Water Supply & Drainage Board of Sri Lanka for the construction of Gampaha, Attanagalle and Minuwangoda Integrated Water Supply Scheme.
The topographic survey and soil investigation of the water treatment plant was completed in June 2014 and site clearing for the plant was also wrapped up in November2014 allowing the CMEC to begin laying over 1000 km of water pipes.
CMEC has been working in Sri Lanka for nearly a decade on a variety of projects. Its largest venture is the Lakvijaya coal power plant that was built with assistance from the Chinese government at a cost of 1.2 billion US dollars.
Where: Sri Lanka
When: 6 December 2014