SUEZ signs agreement with PDAM Tirtanadi to improve access to drinking water in Indonesia

Signing the agreement for the water production plant extension

Water Corporation of the Province of North Sumatra, Indonesia, PDAM Tirtanadi, has awarded SUEZ the contract for the extension of the drinking water production plant located in Medan, Indonesia’s third largest city.

The extension of this Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) contract for a period of 25 years was €191 million (US$235 million) and includes the funding, building, operation, and transfer of two additional water production units for the plant in Medan. This agreement is in line with SUEZ’s international growth dynamic, which is seeing the Group strengthen its position in Indonesia and marks a new step in the drinking water supply in the region.

The project will improve access to drinking water for Medan’s booming population, and will also contribute to the goal of the local authorities of supplying more than 84 per cent of population with drinking water by 2020, as compared to the 73.2 per cent today.

SUEZ had originally finalised the first phase of the drinking water production plant in Medan in 2001, and has operated it since. With a production capacity of 43,200m³/day, the plant supplies potable water to 150,000 residents of the North Sumatra Province capital. The plant’s extension project will bring its production up to 77,760 m³/day.

The ground-breaking ceremony in Medan, Indonesia

The contract includes the funding and installation of two degremont® compact drinking water production units (UCD®), a modular solution that increases production in a fast and simple manner that is also in compliance with the applicable regulations. Each unit is made up of interchangeable modules for reduced civil engineering costs and rapid installation with no impact on existing structures. In all, the system provides comprehensive, reliable, and robust treatment with a minimal footprint and optimal ease of operation.

The engineering and construction period for these units will end in 2020 and will then be followed by a 25-year operating period.

“This new contract illustrates the excellent partnership that has been maintained since 2000 between PDAM Tirtanadi and SUEZ,” Marie-Ange Debon, Group Deputy CEO in charge of the International Division of SUEZ, said. “We are proud to continue our collaboration for the next 25 years to support the development of the city of Medan by guaranteeing access to water for the growing population and industries in the area.”