Manila Water Asia Pacific

In 2010, Manila Water established Manila Water Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (MWAP) to be its regional headquarters in Singapore for the specific purpose of holding investments in various project companies in the region.

Within the next two years, Manila Water incorporated three more Singapore entities, namely, Manila Water South Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd. (MWSAH), Thu Duc Water Holdings Pte. Ltd. (TDWH), and Kenh Dong Water Holdings Pte. Ltd (KDWH). MWAP is 100 percent owned by Manila Water while MWSAH, TDWH and KDWH are all wholly-owned by MWAP. Also under MWAP are Saigon Water Infrastructure Corporation (“Saigon Water”), a holding company listed in the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, Cu Chi Water Supply Sewerage Company, Ltd. (“Cu Chi Water”) and another company tasked to pursue non-revenue water reduction projects in Vietnam called Asia Water Network Solutions (“Asia Water”).

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What started out as a five-year management contract for a leakage-reduction project in 2008 between Manila Water and state-owned Saigon Water Company (SAWACO) in Ho Chi Minh City turned into a much longer and valuable business relationship between the two parties. 

When Manila Water successfully bid and won the project—the company's first venture outside of the Philippines—there was little knowledge of and familiarity with the culture, political landscape and regulatory environment in Vietnam. The success of the project not only allowed Manila Water to develop a progressive working relationship with its proponent, SAWACO, but also enabled the company to earn the trust of Vietnamese authorities and local partners that paved the way for the expansion of Manila Water’s business engagements in that country.

On December 8, 2011, Thu Duc Water Holdings Pte. Ltd. (TDWH) completed the acquisition of 49 percent interest in Thu Duc Water B.O.O. Corporation ("Thu Duc"). Thu Duc is a bulk water supply company with the second largest water treatment plant in Ho Chi Minh City, after the state-owned Thu Duc Water. It has a take-or pay bulk water supply contract with Saigon Water Company (SAWACO) with a minimum off-take of 300 million liters per day (MLD). 

On July 20, 2012, Kenh Dong Water Holdings Pte. Ltd. (KDWH) acquired 47.35 percent interest in Kenh Dong Water Supply and Joint Stock Company ("WASS"). Similar to Thu Duc, WASS is bulk water supplier in Ho Chi Minh City. Its water treatment plant located in the Cu Chi District has a capacity of 200 MLD. WASS has a bulk water supply contract with SAWACO for a guaranteed volume of 150 MLD. 

On October 8, 2013, Manila Water South Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd. (MWSAH) acquired a 31.47 percent minority stake in Saigon Water Infrastructure Corporation ("SII"), a listed water company in Vietnam. SII is intended by Manila Water to be its primary vehicle in its bid to further expand and strengthen its presence in Vietnam.

MWAP also acquired a 24.5 percent stake in another Vietnamese water firm, Cu Chi Water Supply Sewerage Company, Ltd. (“Cu Chi Water”), a water company in Vietnam, to engage in a BOO project to develop and operate the water supply system in Cu Chi district. Also under MWAP is another company tasked to pursue non-revenue water reduction projects in Vietnam called Asia Water Network Solutions ("Asia Water"). 

Meanwhile, the Company’s pilot leakage reduction project in Ho Chi Minh City which started in 2008 was completed in August 2014.

At present, Manila Water is the largest direct foreign investor in Vietnam’s water sector supplying half of the bulk water requirements of Ho Chi Minh City.

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In November 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Manila Water Asia Pacific and Perusahaan Daerah Air Minum (PDAM) Tirtawening Kota Bandung, the regional water utility company owned by the Bandung City government for a demonstration project to reduce water system losses in Bandung, the capital of Indonesia's West Java province.

The pilot non-revenue water (NRW) reduction project involves feasibility studies and formation of district metering areas (DMA) to tackle water leakage. An area within RW 9, Kelurahan Gumuruh, Kecamatan Batununggal, has been selected for the pilot and creation of a DMA. The pilot DMA has approximately 360 households and an initial NRW of 49 percent.

The Bandung demo project may pave the way for the implementation of other projects for the development of water services in the city in accordance with Indonesian laws and regulations.

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In March 2014, Manila Water, in partnership with Japanese firm Mitsubishi Corporation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Yangon City Development Council (YCDC) for a pilot non-revenue water (NRW) reduction project in the eastern part of Yangon City in Myanmar, considered as Southeast Asia’s new investment frontier. The current NRW level in Yangon is estimated at 40 percent or higher. 

YCDC is an administrative body of the city government in Yangon in charge of the water, infrastructure, business licenses and city property management, among others. The company eventually aims to introduce the Public-Private Partnership business model in Yangon’s water sector as Myanmar opens up to new foreign investments. 

A feasibility study for a pilot District Metering Area has been submitted and the success of this project is expected to lead to attractive investments for Manila Water in Myanmar.

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In 2018, Manila Water signed a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire an 18.72% stake in Eastern Water Resources Development and Management Public Company Limited (“East Water”), a publicly-listed water supply and distribution company in Thailand.  This is Manila Water’s first point of entry into Thailand as part of the company’s ongoing expansion in Southeast Asia.

East Water provides raw and tap water supply services in the eastern region of Thailand—the country’s main industrial area and home to various heavy industries; including automotive, electronics, and petrochemicals.  Currently, East Water provides raw water supply to three provinces; holds concession contracts to operate in eleven different locations and provides water service to several industrial estates—all situated within a total area of 13,285 square kilometers

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