Phnom Penh (FN), August 8 - Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) signed a $23.5 million project on Chamkarmon water plant restoration and expansion with Vinci Construction Grands Projects (VCGP) from France, starting in September 2017 with a 24-month construction period.

The signing ceremony was held on Tuesday with the participation of Soem Nara, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sim Sitha, General Director of PPWSA, representatives of AFD, consultants and representatives of VCGP, as well as relevant officials.

Restoration and expansion project of the water plant is the first project of PPWSA in the 2016-2030 Phase 3 Master Plan, implementing in September 2017.

The Phase III Master Plan is co-financed by PPWSA and the Government of France.

The purpose is to increase capacity of the water treatment from 20,000m³ to 52,000m³ per day, using advanced technology. It also includes the demolition of the old buildings and the resurgence of the same location.

The amount of €30 million provided by AFD, representing 75% of all projects, is spent on construction costs as well as the expansion of the channels over the next 2 years.

This is the second phase of the VCGP for PPWSA following the completion of the construction of Niroth Water Treatment Plant II.