The government will spend RM983 million to build the Pantai 2 sewerage treatment plant, a first of its kind underground facility that will treat domestic sewage from most parts of Kuala Lumpur City Centre which is expected to result in a 20%-30% operation and maintenance (O&M) cost saving.
Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the new facility, to be completed in 2015, will serve a capacity of up to 1.8 million population equivalent (PE) boosting the capacity by 800,000 PE from the 600,000 PE being handled at the above ground facility in the Pantai area at present.
Sewerage Services Department (SSD) director general Mohd Akhir Md Jiwa said once completed, the O&M cost will be RM20 per PE per year. The Pantai 2 sewerage treatment plant is one of the projects approved by the government to be implemented and constructed under the 10th Malaysia Plan and will be funded by KeTTHA, Chin told reporters at a press conference after witnessing the signing ceremony between the SSD and China’s Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd (BEWG) for the design & build contract.
The project was awarded to BEWG in a government-to-government arrangement following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the sewerage services industry between the Malaysian government and the Chinese company on Nov 11, 2009. The project is expected to be completed within 72 months beginning July 28, 2011, Chin said.
The facility will be built underground and furnished by leisure parks, sports facilities and a community centre on top of it.
“By using the advanced anaerobic anoxic oxic (A2O) system the space required for the new sewerage treatment plant will be reduced by 50% compared to conventional treatment system using extended aeration,” Chin said.
The above ground facilities will include a football field, sepak takraw court, basketball court, tennis court, four futsal courts, a volley ball court and jogging track with a complete set of exercise equipment.
The plant will also incorporate green technology elements including effluent reuse and rain harvesting system, utilisation of solar power for street lighting, biogas utilisation and treated effluent reuse for airconditioning usage, Chin said.
The Pantai 2 plant will be servicable up to 2035 and its catchment areas cover places like Bandar Baru Sentul, the Kuala Lumpur Business District, Bangsar, Bukit Kiara recreational areas, Seputeh, Kerinchi and Old Klang Road, Chin said.
BEWG will be required to operate and maintain the plan for two years with overall completion date slated to be on July 27, 2017, KeTTHA said in the press release.
Chin said the new facility will result in a more effective way of handling sewerage while eliminating the smell problem which is prevalent with on ground sewerage facilities.
SSD, a department under KeTTHA, will manage and implement the project while being assisted by a project management consultant jointventure called Kumpulan Ikhtisas Projek (M) Sdn Bhd — Mecip (M) Sdn Bhd.