Three bidders prequalified to deliver water infrastructure in the Philippines' New Clark City

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The Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), an entity of the government of the Philippines, has pre-qualified three companies to bid to finance, design, engineering, construct, develop, operate and maintain the water and wastewater infrastructure of New Clark City.

Located in Central Luzon, New Clark City is an urban development project spearheaded by BCDA. It aims to create a new metropolis and the Philippines' first smart, disaster-resilient and environmentally sustainable city. Spanning 9,450 hectares, the National Government Administrative Centre and a major sports complex that will host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, as well as mixed-use residential, commercial, agro-industrial, educational and information technology developments. It is projected to be completed in December 2020.

The city's water demand is estimated at 200,000 cubic meters/day by the end of the 30-year concession period. Water supply will be secured from deep wells and surface water.

The three prequalified teams are Maynilad Water Services Inc., the water utility unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Manila Water Co Inc. and Prime Water Infrastructure Corp., which belongs to the Villar Group.

The winning bidder, which may be determined before the end of the year, will form a joint venture partnership with BCDA to implement the project.

The wastewater infrastructure delivered by the selected concessionaire will include sewage treatment plants with capacity to treat around 150,000 cubic meters/day by the end of the concession period.

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