Editor’s pickManila Water appoints Black & Veatch to advance water infrastructure as part of extensive capital investment programme

26-04-2018

Black & Veatch, in consortium with local consultant DCCD Engineering, has been selected as one of two consultant teams under a five-year Consultancy Services Framework Agreement to assist Manila Water in more efficient delivery of multiple projects

Manila Water is looking to significantly increase capital spending in the 2018-2027 period to improve water sustainability, focusing on developing water and wastewater infrastructure with the aim of improving services and creating more sustainable living conditions for the people of eastern Metropolitan Manila.

Black & Veatch, in consortium with local consultant DCCD Engineering, has been selected as one of two consultant teams under a five-year Consultancy Services Framework Agreement to assist Manila Water in more efficient delivery of multiple projects.

“Framework agreements are relatively uncommon in Southeast Asia and underline Manila Water’s advanced thinking and strong commitment to delivering world-class infrastructure against ambitious schedules,” William Yong, Vice President and Managing Director, Black & Veatch Southeast Asia, said. “Blending Black & Veatch’s global and regional technical knowledge and experience together with DCCD‘s local expertise will create next-generation solutions for Manila Water to meet both its capital and operational expectations.”

He added that the long-term continuity of the Framework Agreement will help the team understand Manila Water’s challenges more thoroughly, integrate with Manila Water in project development at the earliest stages and, in turn, create efficient and effectively-delivered solutions.

“The Consultancy Services Framework Agreement will reduce overall project duration through the elimination of repetitive consultancy tender process and enable us to work collaboratively with pre-selected consultants,” noted Maidy Lynne Quinto, Group Director for Corporate Project Management, Manila Water. “In addition to continuity and consistency of the consultant’s deliverables, this will keep us on-task to further improve the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure and run it in the most cost-efficient manner.”

Across multiple projects under the Framework, Black & Veatch’s and DCCD’s scope will cover feasibility studies, design, procurement, and construction supervision.

Black & Veatch first worked in the Philippines in 1967 on a Sewerage Master Plan for the Manila Metropolitan Area commissioned by the World Health Organization.

The Consultancy Framework Signing Ceremony took place on April 12, 2018.