The Mekong Delta small and medium town Water Supply Program

I. Introduction:

The Mekong Delta small and medium town Water Supply Program funded by Agence Française de développement. Viet Nam Development Bank is owner of program. The program implemented at 6 provinces: An Giang, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Đong Thap, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long with a total investment is 32 million EUR from ODA capital of AFD, including 30 million EUR for investment credit component in the form of loan and 2 million EUR for Technical Assistance Component in the form of grant aid.

Short-term objectives of the program to update and build new water supply systems; increase efficiency in production, business and sustainable development, ensuring the ability to repay loan of water companies at covered area of program.

Long-term objectives of the program to contribute of implement urban water supply strategy in 2020 was approved by the Government: 100% urban population use clean water; to 2010, coverage rate of water supply service for urban level 5 reach 80%. Technical support component is divided into 03 packages: Package CP.01: Provide consulting and technical support service for VDB; Package CP.02: Provide consulting and technical support service for water supply companies; Package CP.03: Provide audit program service. In particular, the package CP.02 in 3 years to technical support for provincial water supply companies to improve comprehensive management, technical and financial autonomy…Specific, support activities for water companies are divided into 02 stages:

Stage 1: Inception and diagnosis period: the water companies would be provided analysis reports include: water demand background, water resource, institutional aspects, organizational aspects, technical performance, business, environment,… by Consultant. Especially, in this period, Consultant will assist water supply companies to build Improvement Action Plan focus on ability building activities and special consulting service funded under framework of technical assistance component.

Stage 2: Short and long term technical assistance activities through training sessions about water supply network technical and commercial management, investment planning; legal and institution assistance, draw up development of water supply network plan as a whole as well as support design and monitoring reduce losses programs, improve water supply network, improve feasibility study reporting ability …according to the criteria of the program.

There 07 units involved bid CP.02 package:

+ Consortium: BRL Ingénierie, Haskoning Nederland BV and Water Supply, Sewerage and Environment Consultancy Joint Stock Company (WASE) (subcontractor);

+  Consortium: Egis Bceom International – VICA Consultants International Company Limited;

+ GHD PTy Ltd. contractor;

+ Consultans LBCD Inc. & Trow Associated Ltd. Contractor;

+ Consortium Pӧyry Environment S.A. – Eau De Paris – Indochina construction consultants company limited (ICC);

+ Consortium SCE – Cabinet Merlin – Ingénieurs Conseil et Economistes Associés (ICEA);

+ Consortium Sogreah Consultants and Informatic Commerce Technology Company;

Result: Consortium Sogreah Consultants and Informatic Commerce Technology Company won the contract, with totaling 1.394 million EUR. The signing ceremony was held on 14th October 2009 in Ha Noi.
II. Implemention:

II.1. Batch 1 projects:

1. Long Ho water supply (Vinh Long)

– 1,500m3/d capacity Long Ho booster PS

– Network DN200-90, PVC, D63, HDPE, Length of 22,218m

– 888 new connections in Long Ho

– Urban category V

2. Vinh Long – Truong An WTP Expansion

– Expand existing Truong An WTP from 10000 to 20000m3/d

– D90-400mm, DI-PVC, 22795m, D63, HDPE, 20000m

– 3300 new connections in Vinh Long

–  5486 new connections in Phu Quoi

– Urban category V

3. An Phu water supply (An Giang)

– New 5000m3/d An Phu WTP

– Network D355 to D63, HDPE, Length of 37300m

– 3000 connections with D15 Class B meters + 15000m HDPE, 20mm

–  Urban category V

4. Tan Chau water supply (An Giang)

– New 9600m3/d Long Son WTP

– Network D450 to D63, HDPE, Length of 67830m

– 6500 connections D15 Class B meters + 26000m HDPE, 20mm

– Urban category IV and above

II.2. Batch 2 projects:

1. Son Dong raw water project (Ben Tre)

– A raw water intake & pumping station, capacity of 20,000m3/day.

–  A 13200m long, DI, DN600 raw water Pipe

– Urban category IV and above

2. Duyen Hai water supply (Tra Vinh)

– A new 9,600m3/day WTP in Duyen Hai town

– A 56,000m long, HDPE, DN80 to 400 pipe network

– Urban category V

3. Phong Dien – Con Khuong project (Can Tho)

– A new 20,000m3/day WTP in Con Khuong.

– A 27,700m long, HDPE, DN100 to 600 pipe network

– Urban category V

4. Hong Ngu project (Dong Thap)

– A new 10,000m3/day WTP in Hong Ngu town.

–  A 40,000m long, HDPE-steel, DN50 to 400 pipe network

– Urban category IV and above.

II.3. Long term Technical Assistance activities:

II.4. Meetings, conferences, seminars, field trips:

– CP.02 Package Inception Seminar, date 26-27 November 2009 at Vinh Long.

With participation of:

Representatives of the French development agency AFD

Representatives of the Vietnam Development Bank VDB

Representatives of local authorities and relevant Ministries

Representatives of 6 water companies

Representatives of Sogreah Company

Representatives of ICT Company

– Workshop of Inception report & improvement action plans of PWSCs dated 23/03/2010 at Vinh Long. With participation of:

Representatives of the Vietnam Development Bank VDB

Representatives of 6 water companies

Representatives of Sogreah Company

Representatives of ICT Company

– Long Term Technical Assistance PWSCs Capabilities Strengthening Workshop at Vinh Long date 11th May 2011:

Representatives of the Vietnam Development Bank VDB

Representatives of 6 water companies

Representatives of Sogreah Company

Representatives of ICT Company

II.5. Documents released:

Consortium Sogreah – ICT actively working and coordinating with 6 water companies , has released the following documents and approved by  VDB and AFD:

– Inception Report R1 given general introduction informations about project area , institutional legal policy, assess the capacity of water supply companies, assess feasibility projects …

– Report R2 given objectives and task of long-term technical assistance activities.

– Report R3 introduce about  project components, the process of program and  project personnel.

– Monthly reports, semi-annually reports: summary activities each month and by 6 months.

– The Project review reports of Batch 1, Batch 2.

– Longterm technical assistance activities reports.

– Reports and documents of workshop, seminar, conferences and other relevant documents.

II.6. Project Human Resource:

They are qualified and experienced experts. Includ:

– International-level Senior Water Supplly Operation and Project Management Expert, Team Leader.

– Senior Water Supply design and operation Specialist, Deputy Team Leader.

– Customer management expert.

– Network operation expert.

– Plant operation expert.

– Leakage control expert.

– Senior Water Supply Specialist.

– Financial expert.

– Legal and Institutional expert.

– Environmentalist

– Socio-economic expert

– Support assistants: water engineers, translators, interpriters.

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