Keppel expands clean water initiative to Tien Giang drought-affected communities
Tien Giang, 23 March 2023 – The Keppel Group, represented by Keppel Land and Keppel Infrastructure, launched the Living Well initiative in Tien Giang province in Vietnam yesterday, as part of its continuous efforts to provide better access to clean water to communities in the Mekong Delta, where locals have been affected by harsh drought and saltwater intrusion.
Leveraging the Group’s expertise in water solutions, Keppel will provide the Phu Dong and Tan Thanh communes in Tien Giang with water filtration systems capable of producing 12,000 litres of clean water a day for domestic use. The initiative is estimated to positively impact the lives of over 20,000 local villagers in Tien Giang. In April, Keppel will deliver another water filtration system to a commune in Long An to support another 10,000 villagers.
The handover ceremonies, held in the Phu Dong and Tan Thanh communes in Tien Giang province, were officiated by Mr Nguyen Thanh Luan, Deputy Secretary of Tien Giang Provincial Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, together with Mr Joseph Low, President (Vietnam) of Keppel Land, and in the presence of over 150 local residents, who were among the first to collect the filtered water.
Mr Joseph Low, President (Vietnam) of Keppel Land, said, “We are heartened to be able to make a difference to the livelihoods of drought-affected communities in the Mekong Delta through the Living Well initiative, which harnesses the capabilities of the Keppel Group to provide solutions for sustainable urbanisation.
“This initiative is aligned with Keppel’s commitment to sustainability and our ongoing efforts to uplift the communities where we operate. We hope that our efforts will not only lead to a positive impact on the lives of the locals in Tien Giang, but also raise awareness about the impact of climate change, which is one of the key causes of drought and saltwater intrusion.”
Mr Tran Van Tro, Vice President of Phu Dong Commune People’s Committee, Tan Phu Dong district, Tien Giang province, said, “Saltwater intrusion has severely impacted the daily lives of the local villagers. We are excited and thankful that the Living Well initiative, sponsored by Keppel, will offer us better access to clean water every day.”
In 2022, Keppel launched Living Well in the Dai Hoa Loc and Bao Thuan communes in Ben Tre province, providing water filtration systems that offer about 20,000 villagers better access to clean water. The project took a year of planning, including land surveys, inspection and testing of the systems.
Following Living Well’s success in Ben Tre, and with the support from its media partner Tien Phong newspaper, Keppel is expanding the initiative to Tien Giang and Long An, two of most drought-stricken areas in the Mekong Delta.
Beyond Vietnam, Keppel plans to replicate this initiative in other markets in Asia where the company has a presence.
Keppel Land, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation, entered Vietnam in the early 1990s and has grown to become one of the largest foreign investors and contributors to urban development in the country, with more than 20 projects and total registered investment capital of about USD3.5 billion. The company is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen, contributing to and enriching the lives of local communities wherever it operates.
Mr Joseph Low (right), President (Vietnam) of Keppel Land with Mr Tran Van Tro, Vice President of Phu Dong Commune People’s Committee, Tan Phu Dong district, Tien Giang province, at the launch event for the Living Well initiative in Tien Giang province, Vietnam.
Mr Joseph Low (second from right), President (Vietnam) of Keppel Land, Mr Nguyen Thanh Luan (first from right), Deputy Secretary of Tien Giang Provincial Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and students from Phu Dong Secondary School at the handover ceremony of the Living Well initiative.
Keppel Volunteers helping the residents to collect water from the water filtration system.
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Keppel Land is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation, a global asset manager and operator with strong expertise in sustainability-related solutions spanning the areas of energy & environment, urban development and connectivity.
Keppel Land is an innovative urban space solutions provider that leverages technology to deliver sustainable and customer-centric solutions that enrich people and communities. It is focused in the areas of sustainable urban renewal, senior living, urban living, retail and large-scale integrated developments.
Its award-winning portfolio comprises investment-grade commercial properties, residential developments and integrated townships. It is geographically diversified in Asia, with China, Singapore and Vietnam as its key markets, while it continues to scale up in India as well as other developed markets globally.
In Vietnam, Keppel Land is a pioneer and one of the largest foreign real estate investors with a quality portfolio mainly in Ho Chi Minh City, including Grade A offices, residential properties, retail malls, integrated townships and award-winning serviced apartments.
About Keppel Infrastructure
Keppel Infrastructure (KI) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation, a global asset manager and operator with strong expertise in sustainability-related solutions spanning the areas of energy & environment, urban development and connectivity. KI provides solutions for some of the world’s most pressing challenges through its power & renewables, environment and new energy businesses by leveraging its proprietary technology, strong technical expertise and proven operating capabilities.
KI has a track record of developing energy and environmental infrastructure end-to-end, including power generation assets, waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities, large-scale district cooling systems, as well as NEWater and desalination plants. In Singapore, it operates a 1,300-megawatt high efficiency gas-fired combined cycle power plant and a utility pipe rack and pipeline network in Jurong Island. It is also Singapore’s leading electricity retailer, and the first and largest district cooling systems developer and service provider. Globally, through Keppel Seghers, it is one of the leading WTE technology providers with more than 100 project references in 20 countries.
KI is expanding its presence, in Singapore and overseas, in areas such as power generation, waste management, district cooling, renewables and energy storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other clean energy opportunities.
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