Keppel Land launches project to bring clean water to about 20,000 villagers in Ben Tre, Vietnam
Keppel Land Limited (Keppel Land) today launched the Living Well initiative to provide water filtration systems that will offer about 20,000 villagers in both the Dai Hoa Loc and Bao Thuan communes in Ben Tre province, Vietnam, better access to clean drinking water. Bao Thuan and Dai Hoa Loc are two areas which have been affected severely by harsh drought and saltwater intrusion in 2020. This has destroyed thousands of hectares of rice fields and fruit orchards, and resulted in the lack of fresh water for the daily needs of the villagers.
Sponsored by Keppel Land, the Living Well initiative harnesses the capabilities of the Keppel Group in providing solutions for sustainable urbanisation. The water filtration systems are able to produce 6,000 litres of clean water a day for domestic use, for each commune. The Living Well project took a year of planning, including land surveys, inspection and testing of the systems, and leverages Keppel Infrastructure’s expertise in water solutions. The project is also supported by media partner, Tien Phong Newspaper.
At ceremonies in the respective communes, the water filtration systems were handed over by Mr Joseph Low, President (Vietnam) of Keppel Land, to representatives from the Dai Hoa Loc and Bao Thuan People’s Committees, in the presence of Mr Pham Bui Phi Lip, Chief Representative of Ben Tre Provincial Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.
Mr Joseph Low said, “We are heartened to be able to touch the lives of about 20,000 villagers through the Living Well initiative, which will bring clean and potable water to the two most drought-stricken areas around the Mekong Delta.
“This initiative is in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030, which places sustainability at the core of our strategy and operations. By harnessing the Group’s capabilities, we contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including combating the impact of climate change and improving access to clean water. These are some of the ways in which Keppel contributes to the community, wherever we operate. As we commemorate 30 years in Vietnam, Keppel Land looks forward to continue growing with the country and building a sustainable future for our stakeholders.”
Keppel Land has been in Vietnam since the early 1990s and has grown with Vietnam for three decades to become one of the largest foreign real estate investors in the country today. In 2022, Keppel Land celebrates its 30th anniversary in Vietnam with a series of activities, including the Living Well project. Following the launch of the Living Well initiative in Ben Tre, Keppel Land plans to replicate this initiative in other markets in Asia where the company has a presence.
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About Keppel Land
Keppel Land is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation, a Singapore flagship multinational company, which provides solutions for sustainable urbanisation, focusing on energy & environment, urban development, connectivity and asset management.
Keppel Land delivers innovative and multi-faceted urban space solutions that enrich people and communities. Its sterling portfolio includes award-winning residential developments, investment-grade commercial properties 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 other markets such as India and Indonesia.
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 Singapore flagship multinational company providing solutions for sustainable urbanisation. 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.
For more information, please visit www.kepinfra.com.