Gradiant secures five new DBOOM projects in SE Asia and expands leadership team

Gradiant has announced the award of five design-build-own-operate-maintain (DBOOM) water treatment projects in Indonesia and Vietnam. The company will provide water treatment solutions through a customised approach using its suite of technologies to treat water and wastewater for industrial and municipal clients. These projects have a production capacity of 40,000m3 per day.

Gradiant has further announced the hiring of managing directors Thai Nam Nguyen for Vietnam, and K Sadanand for Indonesia. The new leadership appointments affirm Gradiant’s growth and investment priorities in the rapidly industrialising Asia Pacific region.

Sadanand brings over 35 years’ experience in the water industry, of which 10 years has been in the Indonesian market, working for companies of Solenis, Nalco Water, GE Water, Fichtner, and Ion Exchange. Nam has over 25 years’ experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry in various roles as country representative, and projects and business development director for companies such as Veolia Water Solutions.

“Customers are adopting our customised and complete solutions which they acknowledge will significantly reduce cost and simplify management of their water and wastewater treatment operations,” said Sadanand. “Customers are delivered treated water, consistently and reliably, to their water quality and quantity requirements. With rapid industrialisation pressures and increasingly strict environmental regulations, our clients will need to solve their water challenges in performance- and cost-optimised approaches. We are excited to help solve water and wastewater problems in Indonesia by providing sustainable end-to-end solutions.”

Since its inception in early 2020, the Gradiant Vietnam team has achieved substantial headway in the region with a growing pipeline of projects that are contracted, or in late-stage negotiations. “Our technologies are an apt fit for the value-driven Vietnamese market. This coupled with our team’s ability to develop, deliver, own, and operate as end-to-end solutions will enable our clients to fully address their water and wastewater challenges,” Nam added.

Sankar Natarajan, who heads the company’s project acquisition efforts for South-east Asia, continued: “Asia-Pacific serves a critical role in the global supply chain with over 40% of the world’s manufacturing. Vietnam and Indonesia require effective and optimised water solutions to balance rapid industrialisation with sustainable growth.”

The success in Indonesia and Vietnam further cements the company’s continuing rise in the Asia-Pacific region. Gradiant has recently announced a major funding round to accelerate growth, and a series of new contract wins that demonstrate the market’s sustained demand for cleantech water solutions and DBOOM concession models.